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Principles of Medical Ethics in Health Care Provision

Sponsored By AAIDD – AUCD – The Arc of the US - ANCOR – AAIDD Gerontology Division - RRTC on Aging & DD at the University of Illinois at Chicago


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REGISTRATION REQUIRED:   Date:  Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time Moderator:  Renee Pietrangelo, Executive Director, ANCOR  

Topic:  Principles of Medical Ethics in Health Care Provision for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Emphasis on Older Adults

Speaker:  C. Michael Henderson MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Departments of Internal Medicine and Dentistry    In 1996, Michael completed a dual fellowship in geriatrics and developmental disabilities at the University of Rochester. He has continued as a faculty member at University of Rochester with a dual appointment in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition, he has affiliations with three non-profit agencies that provide services for adults with I/DD. Dr. Henderson participates in clinical research, medical education, and clinical service activities for adults and elders with I/DD, and has a special interest in comprehensive geriatric assessment in persons with I/DD. Webinar Description:   The population with I/DD is "aging"; increased longevity confers greater risk of age-related co-morbidity. At the same time, many people with intellectual disability lack the capacity to make informed health care decisions. It is important to use formal assessment to determine if individuals I/DD can make their own health care decisions. In those individuals who lack the capacity to make these decisions, surrogates can be faced with tough questions regarding the best interests of the individuals with I/DD who have major illnesses. This talk will present work on capacity determination for people with I/DD. Basic principles of medical ethics will be introduced. The session will end with several case studies involving medical decision making in hemodialysis, dementia, and psychotropic drug use in adult patients with I/DD. Target Audiences:  This presentation will be helpful for a broad audience including clinicians, administrators, caregivers and family members.