Philosopher’s Corner: Medical Futility

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Hamline University - School of Law; Australian Health Law Research Center, QUT

January 1, 2007

Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter, Vol. 15, pp. 6-7, 2007

This article is about the complexity of answering the contemporary bioethics question of medical futility when one is not entirely certain of the precise question itself. This is illustrated in the debate surrounding the definition of 'medical futility.' The author describes end-of-life disputes over life-sustaining medical treatment (LSMT), surrogate requests, physiologically futile interventions, and quantitatively futile interventions.

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Keywords: bioethics, medically futile, medical futility, end-of-life, life-sustaining medical treatment, LSMT, surrogate, physiologically futile interventions, quantitatively futile interventions, healthcare

JEL Classification: K32

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Date posted: February 27, 2012  

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Pope, Thaddeus Mason, Philosopher’s Corner: Medical Futility (January 1, 2007). Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter, Vol. 15, pp. 6-7, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2003529

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