Legal - Futile or non-beneficial treatment

Futile or Non-Beneficial Treatment

Where medical treatment is considered to be futile, non-beneficial or not in a person’s best interests, a decision may be made to withhold or withdraw it. However, people may disagree about what futility means and when treatment is non-beneficial, which can make these decisions complex. The factsheet in this section explains the law about futile or non-beneficial treatment. You will also find case studies, mythbusters and other resources about the law in this area.


  • Training module

An online training module on this topic is available through the End of Life Law for Clinicians training program. To learn more about the training or to register visit the ELLC online training portal.


Page updated 11 February 2019