Autonomy versus futility? Barriers to good clinical practice in end-of-life care : a Queensland case
Lawrence, Sean, Willmott, Lindy, Miligan, Eleanor, Winch, Sarah, White, Benjamin P., & Parker, Malcolm (2012) Autonomy versus futility? Barriers to good clinical practice in end-of-life care : a Queensland case. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(6), pp. 404-405.
Findings from a Queensland coronial inquest highlight the complex clinical, ethical and legal issues that arise in end-of-life care when clinicians and family members disagree about a diagnosis of clinical futility.
The tension between the law and best medical practice is highlighted in this case, as doctors are compelled to seek family consent to not commence a futile intervention.
Good communication between doctors and families, as well as community and professional education, is essential to resolve tensions that can arise when there is disagreement about treatment at the end of life.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Medical futility, End of life decision-making, Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, Adult guardianship law, Health communication, Medical ethics, Health law|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Intensive Care (110310)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors.|
|Deposited On:||15 May 2012 08:50|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2012 20:37|
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