What is futility? Definition unclear

December 2012
Medical Ethics Advisor;Dec2012, Vol. 28 Issue 12, p138
The article informs that the lack of common definition of futility among medical professionals and ethicists is the main challenge facing medical ethics. It mentions that a treatment becomes futile when the harms seriously outweigh the benefits. It further informs that the physician finds it difficult to label a treatment futile due to the fear of being sued for not providing treatment.


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