Anne L. Flamm, JD; Martin L. Smith, STD
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Flamm AL, Smith ML. Advance Directives, Due Process, and Medical Futility. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:403-404. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-5-200403020-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(5):403-404.
TO THE EDITOR:
We are grateful for the contribution offered by Fine and Mayo (1) to the debate about the medical community's response to the problem of futility. We, too, participate in an ethics consultation service at a large tertiary care teaching hospital in Texas. We share Fine and Mayo's belief that the due process mechanism endorsed by the state legislature to resolve disagreements about end-of-life treatment provides practical assistance in resolving clinical impasse when patients and families seek “everything possible” from providers who are unwilling to concede their judgment of medical inappropriateness.
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