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futility

 [fu-til´ĭ-te]
the quality of not leading to a desired result.
medical futility the judged futility of medical care, used as a reason to limit care. Two reasons for making this judgment are (1) to conserve resources and (2) to protect clinician integrity. The types are physiologic futility and normative futility.
normative futility a judgment of medical futility made for a treatment that is seen to have a physiologic effect but is believed to have no benefit.
physiologic futility a judgment of medical futility based on the observation of no physiologic effect of the treatment.
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The independent Data Safety Monitoring Board notified the company that an interim analysis indicated that the predefined Bayesian futility rule used to determine the probability of the trial's success using the trial's primary endpoint of Day 28 overall response, had been passed.
his life just starting when he got the call to fight, never had the chance to think for himself, yet that was his right, all mates called up together, had to prove they were brave, yet they didn't even survive one solitary night, are we to carry on with this insane behaviour, or is mankind ever going to realise the futility of war?
A futility analysis tests the inability of a clinical trial to achieve its efficacy objective.
07401, as amended in 2003, does not contain a futility exception.
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Cardinal Brady told mourners: "The people have said no, never again, to the evil and futility of violence.
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The bridge from modern to epic vision, from futility to effectiveness, is undergirded by this special kind of courage, which is a constant substratum of the Chronicles.
The concept of medical futility has been counterbalanced by the rapid advance of medical science, especially in the last several decades beginning in the 1960s, when life-sustaining medical treatments such as the mechanical ventilator became available.
Stubborn refusal to accept conflicting evidence of the futility of pursuing that course is perhaps not quite as defensible.
270 and 271 between Cairo and Casablanca, and from a Dutch carrier to cancel 553 and 554 flights between Cairo and Amsterdam because of the futility of operation ", a source at the Cairo airport said.
As the articles in this Volume attest, an extensive body of literature attempts to refine a standard for the appropriate process for making a determination of medical futility.