Fertility treatment when the prognosis is very poor or futile: a committee opinion

Capsule:
The ethical considerations of providing fertility treatment to patients when the prognosis is very poor or futile are discussed.

Author:
The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Volume 98, Issue 1 , Pages e6-e9, July 2012

Abstract:
The Ethics Committee recommends development of evidence-based policies that are patient-centered for each in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. In most cases, the provision of futile therapies is not ethically justifiable. For those treatments with very poor success rates, clinicians must be vigilant in their presentation of risks, benefits, and alternatives. This document was reviewed in January 2012. This version replaces the previous version of this document, published in 2009.

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