Philosopher’s Corner: Medical Futility

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

3 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

Date Written: January 1, 2007

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2003529

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