Eliana Close

Eliana Close is a PhD student with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at QUT.  She graduated with first class honours in psychology from the University of Calgary, and completed her law degree with honours at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to coming to QUT she worked as a business associate at Google and a judge's associate at the Court of Appeal of Alberta. She also practised law as a Crown Prosecutor. Eliana has longstanding interests in the intersection of law, technology and bioethics. Her PhD research on the socio-legal implications of bedside rationing at the end of life is supported by QUT's NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care.
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Factors associated with non-beneficial treatments in end of life hospital admissions: a multicentre retrospective cohort study in Australia

This paper presents the first statistical modelling results to assess the factors associated with non-beneficial treatment (NBT) in hospital, beyond an intensive care setting. The findings highlight potential areas for intervention to reduce the likelihood of NBTs.
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Doctors’ perceptions of how resource limitations relate to futility in end-of-life decision making: a qualitative analysis

Abstract: Objective To increase knowledge of how doctors perceive futile treatments and scarcity of resources at the end of life. In particular, their perceptions about whether and how resource limitations influence end-of-life decision making. This study builds on previous work that found some doctors include...
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Victoria's voluntary assisted dying law: clinical implementation as the next challenge

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (VAD Act) will become operational on 19 June 2019. A designated 18‐month implementation period has seen an Implementation Taskforce appointed, and work is underway on projects including developing clinical guidance, models of care, medication protocols and training for...
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Futility and the law: Knowledge, practice and attitudes of doctors in end of life care

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...