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Pediatr Nurs. 2006 Mar-Apr;32(2):173-5.

In their own voices: families discuss end-of-life decision making--part 1. Interview by Elizabeth Ahmann.


One parent's experience with her daughter in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) setting sheds light on parental involvement in end-of-life decision making. For this parent, collaborative decision making was facilitated in an environment where the parents had gotten to know the health care providers over time. Health care provider style was a factor in providing parents with access to information needed to participate in decisions. Regular meetings away from the bedside facilitated parental information gathering and joint decision making. This parent also used outside advice in making key decisions. In contrast, interaction with a minimally communicative and authoritarian style health care professional added greatly to this parent's stress in an already difficult circumstance. These are her own words.

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