A few weeks ago, Dr. Sunit Das in the University of Toronto Division of Neurosurgery presented “Medical, Legal and Ethical Definitions of Futility.” A video of his presentation is now available.
What is medical futility? How do we define it? How does uncertainty about the meaning of what is futile direct us in the practical work of patient care? And how do we reconcile these questions with legal understandings of medical futility? Das attempts to address these concerns through an exploration of both conceptual and practical issues of the ethics of medical futility.