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Inappropriate Treatment - More Providers' Fault than Surrogates'

Posted Jul 03 2009 1:55pm
Medical futility disputes are often described as being the "fault" of surrogates. They demand continued treatment that providers think is inappropriate. But the issue of ineffective treatment goes far beyond medical futility disputes. Far more often, ineffective treatment is provided and there is no dispute. The provider offers it (perhaps culpably) and the patient or surrogate accepts.
Boston Doctor has a recent post on this titled "Our Fault."
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