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

Donna Casey

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

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Date posted: February 27, 2012  

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Pope, Thaddeus Mason and Casey, Donna, Resolving Medical Futility Disputes (January 1, 2011). Delaware Nurses Association, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 6, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2003517

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Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)
Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States
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Australian Health Law Research Center, QUT ( email )
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Saint Georges University ( email )
West Indies
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Alden March Bioethics Institute ( email )
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MC 153
Albany, NY 12208
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.thaddeuspope.com
Donna Casey
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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