Futility, Inappropriateness, Conflict, and the Complexity of Medical Decision-Making.

TitleFutility, Inappropriateness, Conflict, and the Complexity of Medical Decision-Making.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFeudtner C, Nathanson PG
JournalPerspect Biol Med
Volume60
Issue3
Pagination345-357
Date Published2018
ISSN1529-8795
Abstract

The concepts of medical futility and "potentially inappropriate" interventions aim to describe particular decision-making situations and assist in making ethically sound decisions. This article explores how both of these concepts simplify the rather more complicated decision-making task in ways that often hinder their ability to be helpful, and potentially allow for unstated biases to influence decisions. Instead of searching for a single unifying phrase or concept, acknowledging and explicitly working with the numerous judgments and decisions that comprise a high-stakes medical treatment decision will do more to advance ethically sound decision-making.

DOI10.1353/pbm.2018.0008
Alternate JournalPerspect. Biol. Med.
PubMed ID29375064