Counseling families who have a child with a severe congenital anomaly

N. Fost

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Abstract

The birth of an infant with a major congenital malformation is experienced by the family as a calamity. Parents have an urgent need for compassionate and skilled attention, and a long-term need for counseling to help them adapt the crisis. The difficult ethical and legal implications of such cases further complicate the doctor's ability to care for the patient and family. Potential conflicts of interest have recently led to the use of voluntary consultation by hospital committees, or obligatory involvement by the courts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics
Volume67
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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