Health professionals need to understand near-death research

Psychiatrist and UBC professor Dr. Elaine Drysdale is teaching medical students and staff why it’s helpful to understand patients’ near-death experiences.

“It’s not considered to be mainstream medicine, and yet it’s so helpful for so many patients to learn about it,” Drysdale told the Vancouver Sun.

Conversations about these experiences with a patient “can gently underscore the possibility of a greater purpose in life, and a greater context for understanding one’s suffering as having some potential meaning beyond our current existence,” said Drysdale.