Corpus ID: 36135230

ETHICAL POSTURES OF FUTILITY AND CALIFORNIA ’ S UNIFORM HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT

@inproceedings{atthew2002ETHICALPO,
  title={ETHICAL POSTURES OF FUTILITY AND CALIFORNIA ’ S UNIFORM HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT},
  author={atthew and F. S. and Erguson},
  year={2002}
}
Despite twenty years of development in patient rights, end-of-life decisions still trouble law and medicine. It is estimated that more than 14,000 patients live in a permanent unconscious state, often supported by artificial means.1 Given that almost 80% of deaths occur in medical or nursing care institutions, and approximately 70% of these deaths result from an active decision to withdraw or withhold treatment,2 our society is faced with difficult decisions about treatment at the end of life.