Fertility treatment when the prognosis is very poor or futile: an Ethics Committee opinion.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The Ethics Committee recommends that in vitro fertilization (IVF) centers develop patient-centered policies regarding requests for futile treatment. In most cases, clear communication can avoid a direct conflict, but clinicians ethically may refuse to provide treatment believed to be futile or to carry a very poor prognosis. In certain instances, clinicians may provide limited treatment which they judge likely to be futile, but must be vigilant in their presentation of risks, benefits, and alternatives. This version replaces the previous published draft of this name (Fertil Steril 2012;98:e6-9).

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Cited Authors

  • Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Electronic address: asrm@asrm.org, ; Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine,

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 111 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 659 - 663

PubMed ID

  • 30871767

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-5653

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.01.033


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States