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University of Iowa News Release

March 30, 2005

Public Invited To UI Lecture On Care At End Of Life

At the end-of-life, patients and families have significant psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs and issues.

How medical care can best address these concerns and help people through this important life stage will be the focus of the biennial University of Iowa Joe L. Parkin Memorial Lecture on Aging at 5 p.m. Monday, April 11 in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium (Room A-1110) of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF). Before the lecture, a reception will be held at 4 p.m. in the MERF atrium. Both events are open to the public.

Stephen McPhee, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will present the lecture, "Care at the End of Life: Addressing the Needs of Patients and Families." The event is co-sponsored by the UI Center on Aging and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Rather than focusing on ethical and legal issues (such as those involved in the high-profile Schiavo case), McPhee's talk will focus on specially designed settings for end-of-life care, care goals of the dying patient and clinician behaviors that are helpful to patients and their families. McPhee also will share his experience in developing the UCSF Medical Center Palliative Care Unit.

McPhee helped launch and is a regular contributor to the bimonthly series on end-of-life care, "Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life," in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He also is a key member of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center and served as co-convener of the Provider Education Committee "Last Acts: Death and Dying in America Program" of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Parkin lectureship was endowed by a gift made through the UI Foundation from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago in memory of Joseph Parkin, a former president of the foundation who attended the UI. The lectures focus on research, practice or policies that affect the elderly population.

The parking facility closest to MERF is the Newton Road Ramp. For more information or if you need an accommodation to attend this event, contact Julie Bobitt in advance at the UI Center on Aging at 319-384-4222 or

The UI Center on Aging helps educate health professions students and practicing physicians and other care providers in aging. The center's primary role is to lead in translating aging-related research, education and training efforts at the UI into practical service applications that benefit older Iowans. Visit the center online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660; Program: Julie Bobitt, UI Center on Aging, 319-384-4222,