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Medical futility in Australia

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Dominique MartinDominique Martin
This chapter reviews some of the recent literature concerned with end-of-life issues in Australia in order to provide an overview of the role of medical futility in end-of-life care in this country. It reveals an evolving approach to these issues that is influenced by a number of different domains of care, from general practice to intensive care units, and by a broad variety of decision makers governed by relatively new legislation and policy that concerns the use of advance directives.

Despite the absence of a formal definition of medical futility in Australian policies, a broad consensus on the key elements of the concept and the role they play in guiding ethical practice is evident both in the law and in professional guidelines. This is evident in policies governing resuscitation orders and in recent efforts to facilitate a legal framework for advance care directives and to promote the use of such directives. Australia is striving to achieve a better understanding of end-of-life care within society and the healthcare community, as well as to promote best practice in decision making about medical futility and end-of-life care.

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Title of book

Medical futility: a cross-national study

Chapter number

6

Pagination

119 - 144

Publisher

Imperial College Press

Place of publication

London, Eng.

ISBN-13

9781848169999

Language

eng

Publication classification

BN.1 Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin

Copyright notice

2013, Imperial College Press

Extent

13

Editor/Contributor(s)

A Bagheri

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