Futility needs new approach

MJA Insight, 4 March 2013
Author: Cate Swannell
“A LEADING Australian ethicist wants to drop the word “futility”, teach doctors to communicate about ethics and bring medical teams and families together to make end-of-life decisions clearer. Responding to a new series on ethics and law in the latest MJA, Professor Charlie Corke, who is also an intensive care specialist with Barwon Health in Geelong, said clinicians work “every day, all day” along ethical guidelines, but “most don’t articulate those principles very well”. (1)”
Find article here. Find related MJA articles here: ‘Ethics in medicine: is it a futile exercise?’; ‘What is futile and who decides? The clinician’s dilemma’; ‘Futile treatment: the ethicist’s perspective’; ‘Legal perspectives on consent in disputes about futile care’.