The ethics of medical futility

Crit Care Clin. 1993 Jul;9(3):575-84.


This article traces the evolution of the debate between the futility of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the patient's right to consent, analyzing its origins in the 1970s and examining new policies recommended by the American Medical Association in 1991.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / standards
  • Disclosure
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Resuscitation Orders*
  • Terminal Care / standards*
  • United States
  • Withholding Treatment