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Arnav Agarwal is an Internal Medicine Resident (R1) at the University of Toronto. Check back the last Thursday of each month for a new featured piece as part of his series (Doc Talks: Reflections to Reality)!


We are challenged to embrace frailty and a disarray between mind and body when we encounter patients at the end of their life. As we seek to nurture a place of comfort and wholeness for them, we are tested to bear witness to their helplessness, to appreciate their intrinsic values not only as patients but also as people, and to preserve their dignity. Moreover, we are presented with an opportunity to appreciate the internal struggle of their loved ones as they are confronted with a disconnect between the person they have known and loved, and the patient we provide care for in times of declining health.

Penned based on the reflections of numerous families I met on the wards, this piece strives to give a voice to the struggles many encounter alongside their loved ones in the end of life.


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Diane_photoDiane Kelsall is Deputy Editor at CMAJ, and Editor of CMAJ Open

While wandering past the many posters at the Society of Hospital Medicine 2015 conference, I noticed that many of the research projects focused on very practical aspects of our care of patients in hospital — in particular, on not making them sicker. This seems obvious. After all, we admit patients to make them better, don't we? Yet many of the things we and other health professionals do, the way hospitals are built, the hospital routine, may actually make our patients sicker. ...continue reading