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David Barile, MD, Presents Program on Care and Medical Decision Making In the Final Years of Life

Feb 10, 2009

 Princeton, NJ - David Barile, MD, Medical Director of Princeton HealthCare System's Palliative Care and Hospice Program, will present "Patient to Physician - Understanding the Goals of One's Care and Medical Decision Making in the Final Years of Life" on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at Buckingham Place Assisted Living & Adult Day Services at 155 Raymond Road in Princeton. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the program from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Barile is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice/palliative medicine. He is an assistant professor of medicine at UMDNJ. He will discuss how improvements in medical decision making by both the physician and patient can better serve the patient's goals of care, whether it be therapeutic measures to provide longevity or palliative measures to promote comfort.

New Jersey Goals of Care is a new initiative to improve care and increase the availability of end-of-life care delivered in New Jersey by setting the patient's goals of care with available treatments and avoiding unwanted treatments or hospitalizations. As people age, one's goals may change from "cure" to more comfort and better quality of life in the time remaining.

This free program is offered by Buckingham Place's Caregiver Connection, an educational initiative to support caregivers and seniors. For more information, or to rsvp for this event, please call 732.329.8888. Friends and neighbors are welcome to attend.