Approaches to the Problem of Futile Treatment

Oct 05, 2011

Presenter: Paul R. Helft, MD

1.  Examine and describe the nature of conflicts surrounding futile treatment in hospitals.
2.  Describe factors which contribute to futile treatment in hospitalized patients.
3.  Consider and engage approaches to managing conflict surrounding futile treatment of hospitalized patients using effective communication strategies.

Please note that this video is for informational purposes only and is not for CE/CME credit.

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About the lecturer:
Dr. Helft was appointed Director of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in November, 2004.  A native of Indianapolis, he completed his undergraduate degree in humanities, medical degree, his internship and residency in internal medicine, and fellowships in hematology/oncology and clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago.  There, he was a Fellow and Senior Fellow and Doctor-Patient Relationship Scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.  Dr. Helft joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of   Medicine in 2001, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine.  His clinical work is based in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.  At Indiana University Health, he is a member of the Ethics Committee and co-chairs the Ethics Consultation Subcommittee.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community.

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