Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: We are pleased that the Houston City
Wide Taskforce adopted the draft guidelines, which Drs Halevy and Brody helped
develop and which we reviewed in 1995. We also are glad to have the opportunity
to update the citation. We hope that similar guidelines serve as models for
institutions that are still in the process of developing sound end-of-life
In response to the distinction that Halevy and Brody have made between
"futile care" and "futile treatment," CEJA agrees that it is important to
avoid implications that care itself could be futile and thereby withheld.
Even in situations in which certain life-sustaining interventions are deemed
futile, our policy would encourage full palliative care.
Tenery Jr RM. Medical Futility in End-of-Life Care—Reply. JAMA. 1999;282(14):1331-1332. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-14-jbk1013