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Futility in Practice
...Much of the resistance to the notion of futility, we believe, derives from the fear that it will serve as a masquerade for less defensible motivations. For example, will its acceptance revive discarded abuses of medical ...
Medical Futility: The Duty Not to Treat
In this paper, we examine in closer detail the ethical implications of medical futility. Section one introduces an illustrative case involving a clearly futile medical treatment. Section two outlines three contrasting positions ...
Do Physicians' Own Preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatment Influence Their Perceptions of Patients' Preferences?
Since physicians are powerful agents in the medical decision-making process and are the ones who ultimately control the treatments and procedures, we posed the following question: Are physicians' actions influenced by ...