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AbstractEthically it is a difficult decision when a patient or family member has come to the end of treatment Do you continue to treat aggressively with an inevitable prognosis Or do you stop and let nature take its course This research paper will discuss the two sides that are involved with medical futility Practical patient care that demands aggressive treatment even if ineffective and possibly harmful or the withdraw of treatment with no useful purpose in attaining a specified goal for a given patient To Treat or Not To TreatA difficult ethical decision in clinical medicine is determining when to withdraw or withhold treatments deemed medically futile These decisions are difficult when families and providers disagree about benefits from treatment It is important for physicians to discuss transitions from aggressive treatment to comfort care with patients and their families Ultimately respect of persons and beneficent approaches can lead to ethically and morally viable solutions While medical treatment remains costly we continue to argue the ethical side of futile treatment To keep youre loved one alive with hopes of better treatment and to continue the use of artificial living while continuing to raise medical expenses or make the decision to stop treatment that will not be beneficial in a chronic often terminal situationOne side may argue that physicians are obligated to fulfill the wishes of dying patients and their families even if that includes perceived futile treatment When caring for a family member who is dealing with any type of illness your initial response is to do everything possible to keep your loved one alive But to what extent are you willing to push your ethical values on life When a patient or family member insists on continuing futile treatments the health care team has no obligation to provide such treatments The goal of health care is to benefit the patient When treatment ceases to provide a benefit there is no clear reason
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