Baby Doe Regulations and Medical Judgement
York, Glyn Y.
Gallarno, Robert M.
York, Reginald O.
Social Science and Medicine. 1990; 30(6): 657-664.
The potential for conflict between social policy and medical judgment can be examined in relation to the 'Baby Doe' regulations issued by the U.S. Federal Government in 1984. These regulations identify the circumstances in which medical treatment may be withheld from handicapped infants. This article reports on a national survey of perinatal social workers which compared their responses to the answers of physicians to similar questions published earlier. These social workers failed to express a conflict between sound medical judgment and the federal regulations when confronted with three hypothetical cases. The same was true in the published study of physicians but that data was erroneously interpreted as providing evidence of a conflict between medical judgement and federal regulations. On some general opinion statements, the social workers were similar to physicians in their criticism of these regulations but on others they were equivocal....
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Congenital Disorders; Federal Government; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Infants; Moral Policy; Newborns; Parents; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prognosis; Public Policy; Regulation; Social Workers; Suffering; Survey; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment;
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