Medical practice and legal background of decisions for severely ill newborn infants: viewpoints from seven European countries

P. J. J. Sauer*, J. H. H. M. Dorscheidt, A. A. E. Verhagen, J. H. Hubben, European Neonatal EoL Study Grp 20

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Abstract

Aim To comparing attitudes towards end-of-life (EOL) decisions in newborn infants between seven European countries. Methods One paediatrician and one lawyer from seven European countries were invited to attend a conference to discuss the practice of EOL decisions in newborn infants and the legal aspects involved. Results All paediatricians/neonatologists indicated that the best interest of the child should be the leading principle in all decisions. However, especially when discussing cases, important differences in attitude became apparent, although there are no significant differences between the involved countries with regard to national legal frameworks. Conclusion Important differences in attitude towards neonatal EOL decisions between European countries exist, but they cannot be explained solely by medical or legal reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e57-e63
Number of pages7
JournalActa Paediatrica
Volume102
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2013

Keywords

  • End of life decision
  • ethics
  • neonatology
  • END-OF-LIFE
  • NEONATAL INTENSIVE-CARE
  • PRETERM INFANTS
  • UNIT
  • DISCHARGE
  • SURVIVAL
  • OUTCOMES
  • DEATH
  • BORN

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