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June 28, 2000

Handling Conflict in End-of-Life Care

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(24):3199-3200. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3198

To the Editor: I applaud Dr Goold and colleagues1 for their attempt to offer an alternative to the concept of medical futility in managing conflicts in end-of-life care. Futility is a conflict resolution strategy based on power, not persuasion. It is gratifying to read an article that presents understanding and negotiation as superior alternatives.

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