Medical Futility and End-Of-Life Care (Original Articles)

Medical Futility and End-Of-Life Care (Original Articles)

Acceptance of the concept of medical futility facilitates a paradigm shift from curative to palliative medicine, accommodating a more humane approach and avoiding unnecessary suffering in the course of the dying process. This should not be looked upon as abandoning the patient but rather as providing the patient and family with an opportunity to come […]

Medical Futility and the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999.

Medical Futility and the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999.

A new law regulating many decisions related to end-of-life care in Texas went into effect on September 1, 1999. Members of the Baylor University Medical Center Institutional Ethics Committee were instrumental in developing this new statute, which in many ways is groundbreaking and unique. The purpose of this article is to examine how one part […]

Is the Baby in the Bathwater? A Defining Moment for the Texas Advance Directives Act Review Process for Medical Futility Judgments.

Is the Baby in the Bathwater? A Defining Moment for the Texas Advance Directives Act Review Process for Medical Futility Judgments.

“The extra-judicial dispute resolution mechanism found in the Texas Advance Directives Act should, with minor amendments, serve as a national model that appropriately balances the interests of all involved parties in these difficult cases while still leading to a defensible solution.” Amir Halevy