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Pediatric lifesupport

Franco A Carnevale, Pierre Canouï, Philippe Hubert, Catherine Farrell, Francis Leclerc, Amélie Doussau, Marie-Josée Seguin, Jacques Lacroix
The common paediatric critical care practice in France is for physicians (rather than parents) to maintain the ultimate responsibility for lifesupport decisions in children. Some French literature asserts that it is inappropriate for parents to bear such responsibilities because they do not have the required knowledge and should be protected from feeling culpable for such decisions. The aim of this grounded theory preliminary study was to examine the moral experience of parents of critically-ill children that required life-support decisions in France...
March 2006: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
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