The hardest decision

Tigg, Alison (2011) The hardest decision. O & G Magazine, 13 (2). pp. 26-27.

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Worldwide, approximately four million babies per year die in the neonatal period. In Australia and New Zealand, most of those deaths occur in low birthweight and premature infants, often following withdrawal of intensive care support.

A number of studies have explored parent experience around the death of their baby. These studies consistently report that parents want the following:

• clear consistent and accurate information about their baby's condition, however bad the news;

• to be involved in decisions made about their child's care and have their decisions respected by medical staff;

• information regarding what will actually happen when intensive care support is withdrawn; and

• follow up after the event to identify concerns and revisit explanations.

Item ID: 17403
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1442-5319
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 04:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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