Doctors come together to discuss palliative and end-of-life
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Doctors are often perceived as keeping patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) for as long as they can to push up the bill, but several doctors from across the country have come together to fight for the patient's right to refuse ICU care and other aggressive modes of treatment, especially as part of end-of-life care. These doctors are working with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) on defining various terms used in end-of-life care, such as withdrawal and withholding of life support, 'Do Not Resuscitate' (DNR) and 'Advance Will Directive'.

The doctors came together with citizens from various walks of life to draft a declaration on end-of-life care at a meeting in Mathura on April 30. The resolution aims to promote palliative care and end-of-life care to those who are terminally ill and dying. It brought together a multi-disciplinary medical association called End of Life Care in India Task Force (ELICIT) and a newly formed citizens group called Citizens' Action Needed for Dignity in Death (CANDID).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/doctors-back-dying-patients-right-to-refuse-icu-care/articleshow/58486574.cms
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