Physician, patients’ rights advocate, writer, co-founder and president of Advance Care Planning Decisions, Dr. Angelo Volandes will deliver the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies' Annual Lecture on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.— Quick Center for the Arts.
Dr. Volandes' lecture will be based on his recent book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, and is free and open to the public. The annual lecture is sponsored by the McKeen Fund.
The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, analyzes ways physicians can improve patients’ quality of life through palliative care. Palliative care services are dedicated to improving the lives of patients with severe, chronic and life threatening illnesses, and their families. Dr. Volandes' book recounts stories from the experiences of seven patients with advanced illness, while exploring the course of events and treatments that occur surrounding a meaningful conversation between doctor and patient, or the absence of one. Dr. Volandes' will discuss re-envisioning the patient-doctor relationship to include open dialogue about treatment options and interventions, and ensuring that patients are at the center of their medical care.
“The Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education is pleased to have Dr. Volandes speak about the importance of advance care planning,” stated Dr. Eileen O’Shea, Director of the Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education. “Frequently, patients with advanced illness or serious medical conditions have not spent time talking about their goals and wishes for end-of-life care, with either their families or their primary health care provider. The lack of planning can result in medical treatments that may not benefit the patient, nor provide comfort, nor extend life.”
"In his lecture, Volandes will discuss the importance of open and honest conversation between healthcare professionals and patients in order for patients to understand all options that are available and to receive the best medical care at the right time under their own terms." Dr. O’Shea continued, “At times, health care providers lose sight of the patient as a whole person—in the context of their family, culture, faith, and within their community.”
Dr. Volandes practices medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School. Through his practice and as the co-founder and president of Advance Care Planning Decisions, he hopes to implement systems and technologies to improve the quality of care given to patients.
With the grand opening of the Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education, Volandes’ lecture is timely. Dr. O’Shea stated, “Nurses can play a vital role in advocating for and assisting patients to complete advance care plans, with respect for an individual’s choices. At the Egan School, it is our commitment to educate all nursing students to provide compassionate, holistic, and high quality care for all patients faced with life threatening conditions, and for their families.”