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End of life dilemma won’t go away

The Ottawa Citizen, Sharon Kirkey

Refusal to face reality of death leads to aggressive, futile health-care efforts – Seriously ill, hospitalized Canadians are increasingly receiving aggressive, invasive and futile care at end of life because patients and families cannot accept the grim reality that they are dying, according to more than 1,200 doctors and nurses surveyed from across the country. Unrealistic expectations about life-prolonging treatments and disagreements among family members are also preventing crucial discussions around the use – or not – of CPR, artificial ventilators, tube-feeding and other interventions from happening, according to the survey.

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