Jox, Ralf J.; Schaider, Andreas; Marckmann, Georg; Borasio, Gian Domenico
Medical futility at the end of life: the perspectives of intensive care and palliative care clinicians.
In: Journal of medical ethics, Vol. 38, No. 9: pp. 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.