Beyond futility to an ethic of care.
The medical futility debate is usually framed as a conflict between physician and patient (or surrogate) over the right to decide whether a particular life-saving treatment is futile and should not be attempted.
Arguments on behalf of physician-determined futility emphasize the limits of physicians'obligations; arguments on behalf of patient-determined futility reflect concerns over the potential erosion of recent gains in patient autonomy against medical paternalism.
Underlying the arguments of those pressing for « value-free » definitions of medical futility and unlimited obligations of physicians to patients may be fears of covert rationing and patient abandonment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Homme, Médecin, Ethique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Human, Physician, Ethics
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0302040
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.