Futile Care Policy: Lessons Learned From Three Years' Experience in a Community Hospital
Rivin, Arthur U.
Western Journal of Medicine. 1997 Jun; 166(6): 389-393.
After reviewing intensive and life supportive care for patients in whom it was probably inappropriate, the hospital bioethics committee established a futile care policy. The issues we encountered in the first 3 years since the policy became effective should be instructive for other hospitals, physicians, and families.
Aged; Allowing to Die; Bioethics; Case Studies; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Communication; Consent; Consultation; Decision Making; Dementia; Dissent; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Ethics Consultation; Family Members; Futility; Guidelines; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Life; Palliative Care; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patient Transfer; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Practice Guidelines; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Referral and Consultation; Terminally Ill; Third Party Consent; Values;
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