Abstract

Schneiderman, Jecker, and Jonsen (2017) correctly take issue with a recent multi-society statement that attempts to replace most uses of the term futility with “inappropriate treatment.” However, they mistakenly categorize any treatment of permanent unconsciousness as futile. Futility can be readily defined as an intervention that will not work, and it is always an incomplete statement unless one specifies the goal one hopes to achieve.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 328-330
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-25
Open Access
No
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