Decision Making in Paediatric Care: An Overview With Reference to Nursing Care
Nursing Ethics 2005 May; 12(3): 223-238
The purpose of this overview of published articles on decision making in paediatric care was to identify important aspects of its possible use in clinical practice and to obtain a base for future research. A literature review was undertaken utilizing snowball sampling to identify articles because of the diversity present within the area of decision making in paediatric care. The databases PubMed and CINAHL were used. The search was limited to articles published in English during the period 1994--2004. The analysis entailed a series of comparisons across articles, focusing on major areas of enquiry and patterns of results. Various levels of decision making are described because these seem to form a basis for how decisions are made. Concepts found to be of importance for decision making are described under the following headings: competence, the child's best interests, knowledge, values and attitudes, roles and partnership, power, and economy. Further research is suggested.
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