PPC SERIES Care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Life-Threatening Illness

This talk will center on experiences of adolescents and young adults with life-threatening illnesses, including their end-of-life care experiences and their needs for communication and engagement in decision-making.

OBJECTIVES:
1. To understand care experiences of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) at the end of life
2. To identify AYA needs for communication about life-threatening illness
3. To consider AYAs’ needs for involvement in decision-making, and clinician behaviors that support their involvement

About the presenter:
Jennifer Mack, MD, MPH
Associate Chief, Population Sciences for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Mack received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School 1998. She subsequently completed her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Children’s Hospital, Boston and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. In 2005, Dr. Mack received a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an attending physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, the co-Director of Population Sciences at Boston Children’s, and Associate Chief for Pediatric Oncology Population Sciences at Dana-Farber. She is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are in parent-physician and patient-physician communication, health care equity and quality, and palliative care.