Autonomy versus futility? Barriers to good clinical practice in end-of-life care: A Queensland case

Lawrence, Sean, Willmott, Lindy, Milligan, Eleanor, Winch, Sarah, White, Ben and Parker, Malcolm (2012) Autonomy versus futility? Barriers to good clinical practice in end-of-life care: A Queensland case. Medical Journal of Australia, 196 6: 404-405.


Author Lawrence, Sean
Willmott, Lindy
Milligan, Eleanor
Winch, Sarah
White, Ben
Parker, Malcolm
Title Autonomy versus futility? Barriers to good clinical practice in end-of-life care: A Queensland case
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5694/mja10.10969
Volume 196
Issue 6
Start page 404
End page 405
Total pages 2
Place of publication Strawberry Hills Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Findings from a Queensland coronial inquest highlight the complex clinical, ethical and legal issues that arise in end-of-life care when clinicians and family members disagree about a diagnosis of clinical futility.• The tension between the law and best medical practice is highlighted in this case, as doctors are compelled to seek family consent to not commence a futile intervention.• Good communication between doctors and families, as well as community and professional education, is essential to resolve tensions that can arise when there is disagreement about treatment at the end of life.
Keyword Medical ethics
Patient autonomy
Quality of life
Terminal care
Treatment refusal
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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