Involving parents in decisions to forego life-sustaining treatment for critically ill infants and children.

C. H. Rushton, J. J. Glover

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Abstract

A moral framework based on principles of beneficence and respect for persons requires shared decision-making. In the best interest of critically ill children, parents should be the primary decisionmakers in collaboration with health care professionals. When parents are unable to function in their proper role as surrogate, health care professionals must seek an alternative surrogate decisionmaker. A balanced partnership between parents and professionals can be supported by attention to the environmental stessors, enhanced communication, networks of support and institutional mechanisms for conflict resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-214
Number of pages9
JournalAACN clinical issues in critical care nursing
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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