Using non-beneficial medications or failing to offer comfort medications to chronically ill patients is potentially harmful, time-consuming and simply bad medical care. Unnecessary or unwarranted medical interventions, including medications, are also costly to the healthcare system. It's time to embrace new ways of thinking.
James Downar is a critical care and palliative care physician at Toronto General Hospital. He is also the Chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.
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