The Challenges of Surrogate Decision Making in the Hospital

May 14, 2008

Presenter: Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS

Alexia Torke, MD, MS, presented “The Challenges of Surrogate Decision Making in the Hospital” on Wednesday, May 14 at 11:30 AM in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium. Dr. Torke described research evidence and theories that challenge the standard model for making medical decisions for adults who lack decision making capacity and introduced a new model based on consensus and respect for persons.

Dr. Torke is Associate Director of the Fairbanks Fellowship in Clinical Ethics, an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, and Research Scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Torke’s research investigates ethical aspects of medical decision making for older adults and end-of-life decision making for hospitalized adults. Her current work focuses on the processes by which physicians, family members and others make decisions for older patients with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Her research has been published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

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