Youngner, Stuart J.
Critical Care Clinics. 1996 Jan; 12(1): 165-178.
Recent discussions about futility have been useful in elucidating health professionals' responsibility to communicate, to establish trust, and to collaborate with patients and families about end-of-life decisions. They have highlighted the often impersonal and fragmented care that patients receive in today's large medical centers. Futility also has been a stalking horse for the much more important and problematic issue of rationing. The latter must be discussed on its own merits, however painful that may be.
Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Communication; Decision Making; Disclosure; Family Members; Futility; Goals; Health; Hospitals; Life; Patient Care; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Rights; Terminology; Treatment Outcome; Trust; Uncertainty; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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McCrary, S. Van; Swanson, Jeffrey W.; Youngner, Stuart J.; Perkins, Henry S.; Winslade, William J. (1994)We believe that data indicating the level of agreement among physicians on the issue of futility will advance the debate regarding the appropriateness of physicians' acting as unilateral arbiters of futility. Therefore, ...