The Language of Miracles: Ethical Challenges
Rushton, Cindy Hylton
Pediatric Nursing. 1996 Jan-Feb; 22(1): 64-67.
In the context of health care decision making, the language of miracles is expressed by both parents and professionals. Without mutual understanding of the meaning of miracles, parents and professionals may experience conflict about treatment goals. Understanding the dynamics of appeals to miracles, examining caregiver responses, and employing strategies to assess parental knowledge, understanding the meaning of miracles and faith, and allowing for hope are essential for respectful and mutual accommodation.
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Case Studies; Children; Communication; Decision Making; Dissent; Emotions; Family Relationship; Futility; Goals; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Knowledge; Leukemia; Life; Parents; Professional Family Relationship; Prolongation of Life; Religion; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill;