In a recent study in Chest, critical care researchers and I contrasted how the United Kingdom and the United States approach intractable medical futility conflicts.
In short, there are dozens and dozens of published UK court decisions that provide significant guidance. There are almost zero in the United States.
Continuing this line of UK cases, High Court Family Division Justice MacDonald recently backed clinician plans to put him on an end-of-life care programme. Clinicians told the court that a cure was no longer possible and suggested palliative care that would concentrate on easing his pain.
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