Fertility treatment when the prognosis is very poor or futile: an Ethics Committee opinion.
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).
Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org, ; Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
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