Medical futility: definition, determination, and disputes in critical care.

@article{Bernat2005MedicalFD,
  title={Medical futility: definition, determination, and disputes in critical care.},
  author={James L. Bernat},
  journal={Neurocritical care},
  year={2005},
  volume={2 2},
  pages={198-205}
}
Physicians may employ the concept of medical futility to justify a decision not to pursue certain treatments that may be requested or demanded by patients or surrogates. Medical futility means that the proposed therapy should not be performed because available data show that it will not improve the patient's medical condition. Medical futility remains ethically controversial for several reasons. Some physicians summarily claim a treatment is futile without knowing the relevant outcome data… CONTINUE READING

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