Patients, families and their advocates deserve and demand all the information necessary to make informed choices about their treatment preferences and expect that healthcare professionals and institutions honor their wishes.
The Campaign to End Unwanted Medical Treatment collaborators support:
Honoring the dignity, values and healthcare choices of every person at each stage of his or her illness.
Ensuring that consumers are empowered and have access to a full range of well-coordinated medical care and treatment, including curative care, palliative care and hospice care.
Improving the quality of discussions between patients and healthcare professionals about advanced and terminal illness and end-of-life decisions. » Download our guiding principles
In the fall of 2011, Florida’s Oakbridge Healthcare Center ignored Marjorie Mangiaruca’s wishes not to receive life-prolonging treatment and used aggressive rescue treatments to restart her heart and restore her breathing. A 91-year-old, late stage Alzheimer’s disease patient, Marjorie felt that she had lived a full life and wanted to die peacefully.
Sadly, treatment preferences and choices, including those articulated in an advance directive, are all too often ignored or overridden. This harms patients and compromises their dignity.
This practice must end.
The Campaign to END Unwanted Medical Treatment hosted Dr. Hammes for a presentation on the extraordinary success in advanced care planning through the “Respecting Choices” program at Gundersen Health System. This work has resulted in two internationally recognized programs on advance care planning. As of 2011, “Respecting Choices” was implemented by more than 60 organizations in the United States; is being implemented nationally in Australia and Singapore; and is being tested in Germany, Spain and Canada. Find more information about this program at www.respectingchoices.org.
Campaign to END Unwanted Medical Treatment discussion of the “Respecting Choices” program with Dr. Bud Hammes, director of Medical Humanities and “Respecting Choices” for Gundersen Health System. December 3, 2013, Washington, DC.
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The Campaign to End Unwanted Medical Treatment supporters and collaborators include:
ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Compassion & Choices
Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care
Elder Justice Coalition
Medicare Rights Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
National Caucus and Center on Black Aging
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Council on Aging
National Hispanic Council on Aging
OWL – The Voice of Women 40+
The Gerontological Society of America
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)
All patients have the legal right to make their own medical decisions, including refusing treatment. No one should be forced to undergo any procedure against his or her wishes. Together we can put control back in patients’ hands.