Treating Handicapped Newborns: Suggestions for Institutional Policy
Thomas, Emily H.
Andersen, Kathleen S.
Franz, Jane E.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1986 Summer; 11(2): 297-303.
In October 1984 a conference of physicians and other health professionals, attorneys, members of the press, ethicists, and social scientists met at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to consider the medical, ethical, and social issues raised by the treatment of handicapped newborns. Presented here is a summary of guidelines for the implementation of their most important recommendation--the establishment of institutional policies concerning the internal decision making process regarding treatment and the procedures for sharing information about controversial cases with the public. The guidelines address the medical problems of diagnosis, prognosis, and clinical decision making; institutional responses to controversy within the institution and to the media and the public; and the composition and role of institutional review committees. (KIE abstract)
Administrators; Allowing to Die; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Communication; Confidentiality; Congenital Disorders; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Guidelines; Health; Health Personnel; Hospitals; Infants; Information Dissemination; Institutional Policies; Life; Mass Media; Newborns; Parents; Physicians; Prematurity; Prognosis; Quality of Life; Records; Review; Review Committees; Risks and Benefits; Selection for Treatment; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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