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Medical Futility (Chapter 12 in Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees)

Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees, D. Micah Hester and Toby Schonfeld, eds., Cambridge, Ch. 12 (2012).

Posted: 7 Sep 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: 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason, Medical Futility (Chapter 12 in Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees) (2012). Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees, D. Micah Hester and Toby Schonfeld, eds., Cambridge, Ch. 12 (2012).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2141517

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