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Read the assigned article, "Dealing With Futile Treatment: A Medical Student's Perspective." How does the author describe futile treatment? What ethical dilemmas are faced by health care providers who must address human suffering? How can ethical principles be used to identify the most appropriate decision when conflict arises?
The author describes futile treatment as not being black or white, treatment must be considered a complex composite of quality of life issues that need to be discussed either with the patient early in their diagnosis, or with their legal next of kin. There are no protocols or parameters on how to deal with ethical dilemmas as the author mentions. Health care providers are faced with ethical dilemmas frequently, one example of an ethical dilemma being a...