Malcolm Parker

Malcolm Parker is Professor of Medical Ethics at UQ and has qualifications in medicine, philosophy and health law. He was in general medical practice for over thirty years. Professor Parker has developed the strong, formal component in the MBBS Program of ethics, law and professionalism. He is current chair of UQ's Human Experimentation Ethical Review Committee, immediate past president of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, and a member of the editorial boards of three journals in bioethics and medical law.
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Factors associated with non-beneficial treatments in end of life hospital admissions: a multicentre retrospective cohort study in Australia

This paper presents the first statistical modelling results to assess the factors associated with non-beneficial treatment (NBT) in hospital, beyond an intensive care setting. The findings highlight potential areas for intervention to reduce the likelihood of NBTs.
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Doctors’ perceptions of how resource limitations relate to futility in end-of-life decision making: a qualitative analysis

Abstract: Objective To increase knowledge of how doctors perceive futile treatments and scarcity of resources at the end of life. In particular, their perceptions about whether and how resource limitations influence end-of-life decision making. This study builds on previous work that found some doctors include...
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Intensive care specialists’ knowledge, attitudes and practice relating to the law about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment: a cross-sectional study

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to the law...
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The role of law in decisions to withhold and withdraw life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity: a cross-sectional study

Objectives: To determine the role played by law in medical specialists’ decision-making about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (WWLST) from adults who lack capacity, and the extent to which legal knowledge affects whether law is followed. Design: Cross-sectional postal survey of medical specialists. Setting: The...