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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The knowledge and practice of doctors in relation to the law that governs withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity

Law establishes a framework for making decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. However, to what extent do doctors know and follow this law? This article reports on a three-year empirical study that sought to answer these questions. The research...
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Is there a role for law in medical practice when withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment? Empirical findings on attitudes of doctors

The law regulates many aspects of decision-making around the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity and are approaching the end of their lives. For example, it governs whether an adult’s advance directive is binding and applicable and, if...