Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 8 (2):155-163 (2011)

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Futility is not a purely medical concept. Its subjective nature requires a balanced procedural approach where competing views can be aired and in which disputes can be resolved with procedural fairness. Law should play an important role in this process. Pure medical models of futility are based on a false claim of medical sovereignty. Procedural approaches avoid the problems of such claims. This paper examines the arguments for and against the adoption of a procedural approach to futility determination
Keywords Futility  Law  Susbtitute decision-making  Best interests  Substituted judgment  Sovereignty  Professionalism
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