Dr. Angela Fagerlin Discusses 'Pulling the Plug on Living Wills'

This event was held on May 4, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The recent events surrounding the case of Terri Schiavo have caused concern around the nation over living wills, end of life issues and legal rights. A March Ann Arbor News front page story highlighted this case and cited studies by UM researcher Angela Fagerlin which point to the absolute failure of living wills to protect an individual's wishes in an end of life situation.

For this event, Dr. Fagerlin will discuss the findings of her studies - that "there is little correlation between having a living will and getting what you want... The living will has failed and it is time to say so."

Join us for a fascinating discussion of a controversial and complex issue.

Angela Fagerlin is a research investigator for UM Internal Medicine & the Program for Improving Health Care Decisions. She received her B.A. in English and Psychology from Hope College, and her Ph.D. in Experimental (Cognitive) Psychology from Kent State University.

Fagerlin's research includes studies of medical decision-making and risk communication. She is a co- author of a research article in the Hastings Center Report entitled "Enough: The Failure of the Living Will."

Her careful research has determined that "living wills have passed from controversy, to converted wisdom, to widely promoted policy. But, the policy has not produced results and should be abandoned."

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