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Descriptor English: Medical Futility
Descriptor Spanish: Inutilidad Médica
Descriptor Portuguese: Futilidade Médica
Descriptor French: Inutilité médicale
Entry term(s): Futile Treatment
Futile Treatments
Futility
Futility, Medical
Futility, Treatment
Treatment Futility
Treatment, Futile
Treatments, Futile
Tree number(s): E01.789.600
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D018447
Scope note: The absence of a useful purpose or useful result in a diagnostic procedure or therapeutic intervention. The situation of a patient whose condition will not be improved by treatment or instances in which treatment preserves permanent unconsciousness or cannot end dependence on intensive medical care. (From Ann Intern Med 1990 Jun 15;112(12):949)
Allowable Qualifiers: ES ethics
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
PX psychology
Previous Indexing: Decision Making (1985-1994)
Ethics, Medical (1990-1994)
Resuscitation (1989)
Public MeSH Note: 95
History Note: 95
Entry Version: MED FUTILITY
Related: Resuscitation Orders MeSH
DeCS ID: 32151
Unique ID: D018447
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Date Established: 1995/01/01
Date of Entry: 1994/06/01
Revision Date: 2003/07/09
Medical Futility - Preferred
Concept UI M0027672
Scope note The absence of a useful purpose or useful result in a diagnostic procedure or therapeutic intervention. The situation of a patient whose condition will not be improved by treatment or instances in which treatment preserves permanent unconsciousness or cannot end dependence on intensive medical care. (From Ann Intern Med 1990 Jun 15;112(12):949)
Preferred term Medical Futility
Entry term(s) Futility, Medical
Futility - Broader
Concept UI M0027669
Preferred term Futility
Treatment Futility - Narrower
Concept UI M0027671
Preferred term Treatment Futility
Entry term(s) Futility, Treatment
Futile Treatment - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0027670
Preferred term Futile Treatment
Entry term(s) Futile Treatments
Treatment, Futile
Treatments, Futile



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