February 18, 2003

Patients and caregivers can learn about available resources and discuss the issues surrounding end-of-life pain management at a free symposium Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The symposium, titled “Dying Well: Reclaiming the End of Life,” is sponsored by The Ethics Consortium of the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine. The two-hour event will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. Parking is free. Call 817-732-2825 for more information.

“This symposium offers an opportunity for people facing life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers to learn about the medical community’s ethical obligations and capacity to improve comfort and quality of life,” said Ira Byock, MD, a well-known advocate for improving end-of-life care. Dr. Byock will lead the discussion at the symposium.

“The undertreatment and inadequacies of care of pain being suffered by millions of Americans in their last stages of life is a major health concern,” Dr. Byock said. “The goal of the symposium is to educate clinicians and the public alike about the legal and moral obligations associated with adequate care in the last phases of life.”

The public symposium on pain management is part of a two-day continuing education conference for physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals who treat pain or provide end-of-life care. The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is coordinating the conference. Information on the full conference is available online at http://www.hsc.unt.edu

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