Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Ethics and Policy Studies

First Committee Member

Craig Walton

Number of Pages

84

Abstract

Medical futility has caused serious dilemmas in the fields of medicine and bioethics recently. It has become more confusing due to the use of high technological equipment and medicines that are given to prolong life and interrupt the natural process of death; Therefore, we have created a dilemma of medical futility. Until recently, not many steps have been taken to address futile or inappropriate care that is given to a large number of the population, but with healthcare costs rising substantially, the time has come when these issues must be addressed; This thesis will include a short history of medical futility, the ethics of futility and how ethical principles are used in decision maKing Patient rights and advance directives will be addressed and case law will be presented; Finally, policy recommendations will be presented and the reason why these recommendations would be advantageous to the public will be discussed.

Keywords

Analysis; Dilemmas; Futility; Medical

Controlled Subject

Philosophy; Medicine; Health services administration

File Format

pdf

File Size

2641.92 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/ptv8-7md9


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