TITLE

What is futility? Definition unclear

PUB. DATE
December 2012
SOURCE
Medical Ethics Advisor;Dec2012, Vol. 28 Issue 12, p138
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
83760425

 

Related Articles

  • Medical futility policy should include these steps.  // Medical Ethics Advisor;Dec2012, Vol. 28 Issue 12, p138 

    The article discusses the various steps to be included in the medical futility policy which include determining the reasons behind futile care for the patient, joint decision-making between patient and physician and involving an ethics committee in case of disagreement.

  • A Fight to the End. Rousseau, Paul C. // Journal of Palliative Medicine;Nov2011, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p1268 

    In this article the author discusses the experience of treating a patient suffering from multiple myeloma. He also discusses his experience of confronted by the certainty of death and the eventual fallibility of medicines and machines as a physician. He also describes the emotional bonding...

  • A Family's Struggle. Nenner, Frederick; Thompson, Karen // Journal of Palliative Medicine;Nov2011, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p1264 

    In this article the author reflects on the experience of treating a patient with colorectal cancer and how her family dealt with her death. As stated, when the patient was moving toward death her family revoked the do not resuscitate order and insisted that she be brought to the emergency room...

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in end of life care. Reynolds, Joanne; Croft, Sue // Nursing Standard;8/22/2012, Vol. 26 Issue 51, p35 

    This article discusses ethical, legal and professional issues surrounding 'do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation' (DNACPR) decisions in end of life care. The principles outlined throughout this article are applicable in any care setting. It explains what a DNACPR decision is, its...

  • Lingering Questions. Winer, Rachel A. // Journal of Palliative Medicine;Sep2011, Vol. 14 Issue 9, p1069 

    A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experience of struggling with the emotional turmoil of extending the life of patient named Mr. Anderson, who had a terminal illness, to conform to the wishes of the patient's sister.

  • Study's findings leave no doubt: End-of-life wishes aren't always met or known. Daly, Barbara J.; Donovan, G. Kevin; Heyland, Daren; Sudore, Rebecca // Medical Ethics Advisor;Jun2013, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p61 

    The article focuses on a research conducted by Daren Heyland, scientific director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit in Ontario, and others to ascertain the end-of-life wishes of elderly patients. As per the study, of 278 patients surveyed, 76 percent of them never think of end-of-life...

  • Is there a conflict over patient's wishes? Involve clinical ethicists!  // Medical Ethics Advisor;Sep2013, Vol. 29 Issue 9, p97 

    The article discusses the significant role of clinical ethicists in helping solve a conflict over patient's end-of-life wishes. It notes that clinical ethics practitioners should help clinicians in understanding that it is their heir responsibility to carry out the patient's wishes to the best...

  • View the term 'futility' through different context.  // Hospice Management Advisor;May2011, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p56 

    The article focuses the concepts of physiological, qualitative, and quantitative futility on the basis of which the hospital ethics committees handle issues relating to life support. It cites the case of a paralytic patient handled by Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, director of clinical ethics, and a...

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation update.  // Emergency Nurse;Nov2014, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p9 

    The article reports on guidance by the The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Medical Association (BMA) on the circumstances under which to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Other topics discussed include the guidance updated due to clinical...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics