Category Archives: Distributive Justice

“TRICK or TREAT”


As Halloween looms, I’m reflecting, metaphorically, on what occurs in healthcare everyday, particulary as it relates to the management of patients with advanced illness. With over 50% of our healthcare expenditures occuring in the last few months of patients’s lives, … Continue reading

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DON’T Euthanate – PALLIATE !!!


It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are seldom offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only).  Instead, patients are being paternalistically forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until their … Continue reading

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Read our most recent publication in MEDICAL TEACHER


Restoring prognosis as a core competency in medical practice V Maida, PM Cheon – Medical Teacher, 2014 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/0142159X.2013.875620

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The DEMON in the DEEMING


A cliche excessively used by physicians relates to “DEEMING patients palliative”. To “deem” is to consider, hold an opinion, believe, think or regard. A classic example of medical paternalism occurs when physicians “deem” a particular patient as being “palliative”. This expression is not … Continue reading

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Don’t Euthanate, PALLIATE !!!


It is no wonder so many terminally ill patients are begging for euthanasia. The vast majority of terminally ill patients are seldom offered a “purely palliative approach” (comfort measures only).  Instead, patients are being paternalistically forced to adopt futile medical micromanagement until their … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Deathless models of aging


Read my most recent publication in the CMAJ on “Deathless models of aging: Time to reform CanMEDS”   http://www.cmaj.ca/content/185/9/751/reply#cmaj_el_716380

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