The Vancouver Province discusses medical treatment for the elderly.

Here’s an excerpt from Elizabeth Payne’s article in the Vancouver Province about my book, A Bitter Pill.

There is real anger in his newly released book. “The way modern medical care is practiced is all wrong for people near the end of their lives,” he says bluntly. Sloan says the elderly should be given drugs, such as painkillers, that help them function and make them more comfortable…Sloan’s experiences of seeing energetic patients transformed into near-zombies because of over-medication after trips to the hospital, have led him to call for radical changes to medical treatment for the elderly — including keeping them out of the hospital, if at all possible. These seemingly common-sense recommendations are radical because they swim against the stream of modern medicine.

The full article ran November 27, 2009.

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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