Resolving Medical Futility Disputes

Delaware Nurses Association, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 6, 2011

11 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2012  

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute

Donna Casey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: end-of-life, medical futility, healthcare, surrogate, death, dying, physiologic futility, non-beneficial, Delaware Health Care Decisions, DHCD

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2003517

Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

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Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center ( 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

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Donna Casey

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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