Resolving Medical Futility Disputes
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Australian Health Law Research Center, QUT; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute
affiliation not provided to SSRN
January 1, 2011
Delaware Nurses Association, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 6, 2011
Conflicts over end-of-life treatment are common. One category of such conflict is the medical futility dispute. Typically, in a medical futility dispute the surrogate decision maker wants to continue aggressive treatment for a patient but healthcare providers determine that such treatment is inappropriate. In this article we discuss: the types of medical futility, how medical futility disputes can be prevented, and how such disputes can be resolved.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: end-of-life, medical futility, healthcare, surrogate, death, dying, physiologic futility, non-beneficial, Delaware Health Care Decisions, DHCD
JEL Classification: K32
Date posted: February 27, 2012
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