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Surfing the Silver Tsunami

Meeting the Healthcare Needs of the Seriously Ill--Steven Pantilat,UC San Francisco
Nov 17, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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As our population ages, more people will live longer with serious illness and our healthcare system will struggle with how to provide the best care.  Our current system is designed to provide invasive, highly specialized care for acute illness with the goal of returning a person to full health. The challenge with this approach is that increasingly people live for years with chronic, serious illness- heart disease, lung disease, dementia, and cancer- that slowly erode their quality of life despite the best efforts of modern medicine. Responding to this reality of chronic, serious illness requires a new way of thinking about, organizing and providing healthcare and a new approach to ensure that people receive care that matches their preferences and is focused on the individual rather than on the place of care. Palliative care- medical care focused on promoting quality of life for people with serious illness- offers such an approach that can address the challenges brought about by this silver tsunami to improve the quality and value of health care while respecting the individual.  Dr. Pantilat will examine the challenges facing our health system brought about by growing numbers of people living with serious, chronic illness and describe how palliative care offers one solution to improving the quality and value of healthcare. 

Steven Pantilat, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program and the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center. Dr. Pantilat’s research focuses on improving the quality of palliative care and on providing palliative care for people with heart disease.  Dr. Pantilat has published widely in the areas of palliative care, physician communication, and hospital medicine. Dr. Pantilat was a Soros Foundation Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar and in 2007 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying palliative care in Sydney, Australia. For his work improving the lives of Californians, Dr. Pantilat received an Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2011.


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