Advance Care Planning – Key to Patient-Centred Care
Welcome Address of the German federal minister of health,
Dear Conference participants,
Allow me to extend a warm welcome to the 5th International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference that, for the first time, is being held in Germany. I am glad that you, as leading scientists and practitioners from all around the world, have come together here to share the options and possibilities that hospice and palliative care are able to offer.
Foreword by Annette Widmann-Mauz,
parlamentary state secretary at the German federal ministry of health, to a German book on Advance Care Planning appearing this fall at Kohlhammer Publishers, Stuttgart
The Organizing Chairs welcome you
Dear colleagues and friends,
It is a great honour and pleasure to invite you to the 5th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care, 9-12 September 2015 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
Advance care planning (ACP) as a means to promote patient-centred care continues to gain increasing importance in almost all medical fields and care settings. As an ongoing, life-long communication process facilitated by skilled personnel, ACP is an innovative, effective approach eventually ensuring that when patients are no longer able to make their own medical decisions their treatment wishes are known and honoured.