Media Coverage of the Child B Case
Entwistle, Vikki A.
Watt, Ian S.
Pehl, Lesley J.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1996 Jun 22; 312(7046): 1587-1591.
The case of a girl with leukaemia, known as Child B, hit the headlines in March 1995 when her father refused to accept the advice of doctors who counselled against further treatment and took Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Authority to court for refusing to fund chemotherapy and a second bone transplant for her in the private sector. British national newspapers varied greatly in the way they covered the case. Some paid little attention to clinical considerations and presented the case as an example of rationing based on financial considerations. Their selective presentations meant that anyone reading just one newspaper would have received only limited and partial information. If members of the public are to participate in debates about treatment decisions and health care rationing, means other than the media will need to be found to inform and involve them.
Allowing to Die; Biomedical Technologies; Bone Marrow; Children; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Dissent; Drugs; Doctors; Economics; Editorial Policies; Futility; Government; Government Financing; Health; Health Care; Health Care Rationing; Information Dissemination; Investigational Therapies; Leukemia; Medicine; Palliative Care; Parents; Patient Care; Physicians; Private Sector; Prognosis; Public Participation; Refusal to Treat; Research; Resource Allocation; Retreatment; Risks and Benefits; State Medicine; Statistics; Suffering; Terminally Ill; Therapeutic Research; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation; Withholding Treatment;
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