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Hong Kong Baptist University

2000

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關於放棄臨床無效治療的倫理學思考, Yongsong Guo Jan 2000

關於放棄臨床無效治療的倫理學思考, Yongsong Guo

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine

There has not been a clear medical definition of futility. The concept of futile treatment involves not only medical, but also social, ethical, and legal components. This paper argues that in today's pluralistic moral circumstances, the patient and/or the family should have the final right to decision regarding futile treatment.

Some are opposed to renouncing futile treatment, whatever futility is defined. For them, first, abandoning treatment is in conflict with the physician's basic duty of offering treatment. Second, giving up treatment also gives up the chance of making medical progress by attempting to treat the patient. Third ...