Randomised controlled trial
Schneiderman LJ, Gilmer T, Teetzel HD et al.
Effect of ethics consultations on nonbeneficial life-sustaining treatments in the intensive care setting: a randomized controlled trial
JAMA 2003; 290: 1166-72
Ethics consultations were useful in resolving conflicts that may have inappropriately prolonged nonbeneficial or unwanted treatments in the ICU.
Point for discussion:
Is it ethical to withdraw treatment without formal ethical consideration?