Nicole Shepherd

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Futility and the law: Knowledge, practice and attitudes of doctors in end of life care

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...
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What does “futility” mean? An empirical study of doctors’ perceptions

This article investigates how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.
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Reasons doctors provide futile treatment at the end of life: A qualitative study

This research investigated why doctors believe that treatment that they consider to be futile is sometimes provided at the end of a patient's life.