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10/19/09: The Case for Killing Granny

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By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – We're taking the title of today's program from a cover article in Newsweek last month. It was called The Case for Killing Granny. The article gets at one of the critical reasons for spiraling health care costs - over treating patients, particularly those in the final days of life. Just how do you decide which treatments to cut out? And if you have a loved one in pain or afraid, how do you know when enough is enough?

Today's Guest:

  • Donald Taylor, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Center for Health Policy and Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Nursing, Duke Medical Center
  • Ginger Marshall, Nurse Practitioner, University of Utah Palliative Care, president elect of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
  • Maureen Henry, Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging

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