The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) marks its 20th anniversary in 2010. It followed the Cruzan decision and codifies patients’ rights to choose or refuse treatment and to name someone to speak for them when they are no longer able to speak for themselves.
This milestone provides an opportunity to bring together leading voices in law, medicine, theology and ethics. Duke ICEOL Director Richard Payne, M.D. will join other nationally recognized experts for a conference convened by the Center for Practical Bioethics  to reflect on these events and explore a controversial and difficult topic rooted in these two landmark events, artificial nutrition and hydration.