Considering Futility of Care Decisions in Neurosurgical Practice

Sarah Olson, Stephen Honeybul, Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld

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Neurosurgeons commonly encounter futility of care decisions in their practice. Are these decisions being made with adequate consideration? What is the preparation of neurosurgical trainees for making these decisions? The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic with its extreme pressure on resources and, in particular, intensive care unit beds, has prompted many health care providers including neurosurgeons to consider more fully the potentially futile nature of some treatments and how we might better manage limited resources for the future. We review the concept of futility in neurosurgery and suggest potential solutions to the multiple challenges that arise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-124
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Futility
  • Neurosurgery
  • Resources

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