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.
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.
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