Early adoption of Palliative Care, NOT Euthanasia, is the way to achieve “Dying with Dignity”

It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are not even offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only) and are forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until their last breath. Where is the patient-centeredness in this equation? While dying patients are getting their hemoglobins, serum potassiums, and serum rhubarbs treated, there is little regard for the suffering they are experiencing. All the “fluffing and buffing” of such patients is not in the best interest of the patient, but only in the interest of the physicians.


About drvincentmaida

Consultant in Palliative Medicine & Wound Management, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto & McMaster University, Researcher & Author.
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