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Parents' consent to neonatal decisions about feeding and discharge

Alderson, P; (2006) Parents' consent to neonatal decisions about feeding and discharge. Journal of Neonatal Nursing , 12 (1) pp. 6-13. 10.1016/j.jnn.2005.09.003. Green open access

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Abstract

English law requires health care practitioners to obtain parents' consent before all touching of their child. However, nurses tend to leave doctors to request parents' consent to intensive care interventions, and it is generally assumed that before parents can start to care for their baby, they need to have practitioners', mainly nurses', permission. This paper reviews examples of neonatal feeding and discharge decisions that illustrate how consent can be an undeveloped concept in nursing care. Through the sharing of information and medical decision making, the consent process involves implicit or explicit negotiation of anxiety, trust and risk. Decisions about neonatal feeding and discharge can also involve anxiety and risk, and it is suggested that, while avoiding legalistic formalities, more overt sharing of information and decisions about the options could be to the advantage of nurses, babies and parents. © 2005 Neonatal Nurses Association.

Type: Article
Title: Parents' consent to neonatal decisions about feeding and discharge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2005.09.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2005.09.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Decision making, Ethics, Neonatal nurses, Information, Law, Care
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493967
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