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Tough Choices for the End of Life

Whose Death Is It Anyway? emphasizes the importance of personal involvement in decisions about one's care at the end of life.  Highlighting the types of treatment many people receive, it realistically explores the difficulties surrounding end-of-life decision making through five documentary segments that feature families sharing their own discussions and experiences.

End-of-life issues have recently come to the forefront of public debate over healthcare reform.  The discussion over end-of-life decisions raises many ethical and practical questions about patients' legal rights, family conflict about end-of-life decisions, and the importance of advance directives.  Whose Death Is It Anyway explores all of these issues through informed and emotional discussion from a variety of viewpoints, helping to clarify this confusing and difficult topic.

Whose Death Is It Anyway? features a studio audience, hosted by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, that includes people who have dealt with difficult end-of-life treatment issues—physicians, lawyers, nurses, social workers and members of the clergy.  Betty Rollin introduces profiles of real families in the midst of difficult decisions.  The program's goal is to increase and improve discussion among patients, families and health care providers and to help people ensure that their wishes are heard and honored.

The Program Examines:

• Patients' Legal Rights
• Family Conflicts About End-of-Life Decisions
• Advance Directives
• Palliative (Comfort) Care
• Dying at Home, in Hospital, or with Hospice Care

A production of The Independent Production Fund, Inc.
Alvin H. Perlmutter, Executive Producer, Lisa Zbar, Senior Producer,
Christopher Lukas, Director, Running time: 56 minutes


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The Independent Production Fund has produced highly acclaimed information programming for over thirty years. IPF and its producers have used television to educate, engage, and challenge viewers to consider issues, ideas and public figures from new perspectives. Airing on PBS, the commercial networks and cable in the US, its programs have also been broadcast throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.