End-of-Life Decisions to be Topic of ‘Doctors on Call’ April 7

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –The recent case of Terri Schiavo has raised a number of moral, ethical and legal issues in dealing with end-of-life care. A record number of West Virginians have called or written to West Virginia University’s Center for Health Ethics and Law for information on living wills and medical power of attorney forms in recent weeks.

Two WVU experts will answer viewers’ questions about end-of-life decisions in a live presentation of “Doctors On Call” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, on West Virginia Public Television.

Alvin Moss, M.D., is the director of the Center for Health Ethics and Law at WVU.  Dr. Moss has been advising patients, physicians and policymakers in West Virginia and elsewhere on end-of-life issues for more than a decade, and leads a statewide coalition of hospitals, hospices, and caregivers whose goal is to improve the care provided to people who are nearing death.

He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his specialty training from the University of North Carolina and the University of Colorado. His special interests include medical ethics, pain management and end-of-life care.

June Lunney, Ph.D., is the associate dean for research at the WVU School of Nursing. She is lead author of “Describing Death in America: What We Need to Know,” a publication of the National Research Council, and recently co-authored a Washington Post commentary on the need for more research funding for studies of advanced illness and the end of life.

Dr. Lunney received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in clinical nursing research. Her special interests include improving end-of life-care and research on end-of-life issues.

“Doctors on Call,” with host Dr. Bob D'Alessandri, is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.health.wvu.edu) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (www.wvpubcast.org), a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.    

This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-1412

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