Medical Futility


Futile Treatment

Futile Treatments


Futility, Medical

Futility, Treatment

Treatment Futility

Treatment, Futile

Treatments, Futile

The absence of a useful purpose or useful result in a diagnostic procedure or therapeutic intervention. The situation of a patient whose condition will not be improved by treatment or instances in which treatment preserves permanent unconsciousness or cannot end dependence on intensive medical care. (From Ann Intern Med 1990 Jun 15;112(12):949)