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End-of-life medical court ruling

2011-07-25

Queen’s University School of Medicine professor Daren Heyland is available to talk about the Ontario court decision this week that ruled doctors must go to a tribunal if they can't get consent from a patient’s family to take a person off life support.

The decision is expected to reignite the debate about how to handle end-of-life decisions and whether medical interventions save lives or merely prolong dying.

Dr. Heyland has done extensive research of end-of-life care issues and has promoted the importance of getting families to talk about end-of-life decisions to reduce the extremely stressful situation of when patients are usually too sick to speak for themselves. He is also the head of CARENET (Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network), a group of health care professionals from across the country who collaborate with each other to understand and improve palliative and end-of-life care.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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