MED 51Q: Fall/Winter 2016-17 Class

Project presentations by Fall/Winter 2016-17 students at Stanford on December 12, 2016

Perceptions of Physician-Assisted Death
by Brooke Mounsey and Janet Chen

Physician-assisted death was only recently legalized in California, as the End of Life Option Act came into effect in June 2016. Given that it is a recently revitalized bioethical issue, and one we believe Californians should be aware of, we decided to explore people’s perceptions of the end of life option.


Destigmatizing Family Caregiving
by Hannah Miller and Arianna Tapia

Family caregivers do not receive the support they need in order to care for a loved one and to take care of themselves. From our perspective, family caregivers often feel isolated from their friends and family and lack support and education for reasons such as the cultural attitudes towards death, dying, and the elderly.


Why we can’t get it right: Examining connections between quality and cost of elder care
by Lisa Manzanete

How do connections between cost and quality of nursing home care influence the quality of life of nursing home residents, and is increased investment in nursing home care a feasible path towards improving elder care in America? Elderly Americans have experienced substandard nursing home care for generations, and payed devastatingly high prices for that care. We must increase quality, and cut costs so quality elder care is available to all, even as baby boomers retire and the economic burden inevitably increases.


Empathy and Patient Care Improvement for Asian Americans.
by Jonathan Wang and Yong-hun Kim

We explored the challenge of practicing empathy with diverse American patients through the lens of the Asian American experience. By 2042, white Americans are projected to lose their status as the majority group, and we need to prepare for this drastic shift in demographic dynamics to provide effective and sensitive care to all American residents.

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