Ethics. Research. Community.

Medical futility.

Critical care clinics. 
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Recent discussions about futility have been useful in elucidating health professionals' responsibility to communicate, to establish trust, and to collaborate with patients and families about end-of-life decisions. They have highlighted the often impersonal and fragmented care that patients receive in today's large medical centers. Futility also has been a stalking horse for the much more important and problematic issue of rationing. The latter must be discussed on its own merits, however painful that may be.
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