(Note: The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: BIFOCAL Vol. 35, Issue 3.)
Health Care Decision-Making and the “F” Word—Futility
Counseling clients about medical futility in health care decision-making
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
- 1:00 – 2:30 Eastern time
- Phone: 800-285-2221 and select option “2”
- Online: http://apps.americanbar.org/cle/programs/t14mfh1.html
- Event code: CET4MFH
Recent cases involving brain dead patients and resulting disputes over continuing organ-sustaining treatments have reignited debate over the appropriate use of medical technologies. The family of Jahi McMath in Oakland, CA, fought to keep their daughter connected to a ventilator, while a hospital in Fort Worth, TX, sought to keep Marlise Muñoz, fourteen weeks pregnant, on a ventilator over the objection of her husband and family. For terminally ill patients who are not brain dead, a family's desire to "do everything possible" sometimes leads to insisting on medical interventions that medical professionals may deem inappropriate or "futile."
This program will:
- Provide you with an understanding of the range of policy and practice issues concerning medical futility
- Enable you to be accurate and supportive in counseling clients on these issues in the context of advance planning
- Enable you to be more effective in counseling and dispute resolution when conflicts arise in end-of-life decision-making concerning the limits of care
The focus is not on litigation.
- Robert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Clinical Director, Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, TX
- Bernard "Bud" Hammes, Ph.D, Director of Medical Humanities, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse, WI
- Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, Director, Health Law Institute & Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
- Charles P. Sabatino, JD (Moderator), Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Washington, DC
And, coming this summer, a webinar from the Commission focusing on timing and other issues in Social Security retirement. To be notified when more details are available, please contact Andrea.Amato@americanbar.org.