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Parents and professionals in the NICU: communication within the context of ethical decision making--an integrative review.

Abstract

Communication between parents and professionals in the NICU is a necessary part of collaborative decision making in the provision of family-centered care. Decisions with ethical components, those regarding treatment plans or neonatal research enrollment, need to be made conjointly with parents and health care professionals. This article reviews the present state of knowledge of how parents' input can be facilitated in regard to decisions made about their children. Research studies involving decisions made with ethical components in the NICU since the advent of the Baby Doe regulations reveal parents' frustration with communication practices, their need for control of information, and the trust in their children's health care providers that is required to best facilitate their input into ethical decisions made about their children.

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  • Authors

    Ward FR

    Institution

    University of Pennsylvania, USA. frances@nursing.upenn.edu

    Source

    Neonatal network : NN 24:3 pg 25-33

    MeSH

    Attitude to Health
    Canada
    Communication
    Cooperative Behavior
    Decision Making
    Disabled Children
    Europe
    Family Nursing
    Frustration
    Great Britain
    Humans
    Infant, Newborn
    Informed Consent
    Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
    Intensive Care, Neonatal
    Neonatal Nursing
    Nursing Methodology Research
    Nursing Staff, Hospital
    Parents
    Patient Care Planning
    Patient-Centered Care
    Professional-Family Relations
    United States
    Withholding Treatment

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15960009