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The Parents' Ability to Take Care of Their Baby as a Factor in Decisions to Withhold or Withdraw Life-Prolonging Treatment in Two Dutch NICUs
In The Netherlands, it is openly acknowledged that the parents' ability to take care of their child plays a role in the decision-making process over administration of life-prolonging treatment to severely defective newborn ...
End-of-Life Decisions in Dutch Neonatology
This contribution describes the regulation of end-of-life decisions in neonatology in the Netherlands. An account is given of the process of formulating rules, which includes a report by the Dutch Association for Paediatrics, ...
Non-Treatment Decisions on Grounds of "Medical Futility" and "Quality of Life": Interviews With Fourteen Dutch Neonatologists
This essay opens with background information about the concept of "medical futility" and the regulation of nontreatment decisions in Dutch neonatology. The regulations include a list of criteria for predicting the baby's ...
Regulation of Treatment of Infants at the Edge of Viability in Italy: The Role of the Medical Profession?
In the last few years there has been intense debate in Italy on administration of life-prolonging treatment to premature babies at the edge of viability. In 2006, a group of experts based in Florence drafted recommendations ...