Medical Futility (Chapter 12 in Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees)
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Hamline University - School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute
Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees, D. Micah Hester and Toby Schonfeld, eds., Cambridge, Ch. 12 (2012).
This is a chapter for a new comprehensive handbook for hospital ethics committees. After reading this chapter, the reader will be able to: (1) Describe the three main definitions of “medical futility.” (2) Identify the key factors at the heart of disagreements between surrogates and providers concerning whether a treatment is beneficial. (3) Distinguish six strategies that ethics committees can use to prevent and to resolve medical futility disputes.
Keywords: healthcare, health, ethics, HEC, death, dying, medical futility
JEL Classification: K00, K32
Date posted: September 7, 2012