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Jox, Ralf J.; Schaider, Andreas; Marckmann, Georg; Borasio, Gian Domenico (September 2012): Medical futility at the end of life: the perspectives of intensive care and palliative care clinicians. In: Journal of medical ethics, Vol. 38, Nr. 9: S. 540-545




Medical futility at the end of life is a growing challenge to medicine. The goals of the authors were to elucidate how clinicians define futility, when they perceive life-sustaining treatment (LST) to be futile, how they communicate this situation and why LST is sometimes continued despite being recognised as futile.