Futile care: prevention and process: educating patients about advance directives is crucial.

@article{Parsons1994FutileCP,
  title={Futile care: prevention and process: educating patients about advance directives is crucial.},
  author={Polly E. Parsons and Joyce S Kobayashi and Patricia A. Gabow},
  journal={The Journal of critical illness},
  year={1994},
  volume={9 9},
  pages={856-69}
}
The current health care reform movement offers unique opportunities to address the issue of futile care. Possible solutions include the widespread use of advance directives, particularly durable power of attorney and cardiopulmonary resuscitation directives; the establishment of regional consortia for developing guidelines for the reasonable termination of care; and the use of patient registries and structured outcome studies to identify patients for whom treatment is likely to be futile. In… CONTINUE READING