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A young child’s refusal of life saving treatment: When do we stop? Involving children in decisions about withholding or withdrawing treatment intended to extend life

Alderson, P; Irwin, C; (1996) A young child’s refusal of life saving treatment: When do we stop? Involving children in decisions about withholding or withdrawing treatment intended to extend life. Nursing Times , 92 (36) pp. 29-33. Green open access

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Abstract

Many health professionals listen to children with skill and care, but others find this difficult. This is especially so when the possibility of withholding or withdrawing attempts to sustain life are being considered. In many cases, children are too young or too sick, injured or disabled to share in such decisions. However, some children have important ways of influencing decisions about what their best interests are, and how these can respected. They may not use words, or share in formal discussions, but they still need to be treated with respect and care. This article begins with a mother's account of a six year old girl's experience of liver transplantation. This is followed but a review of background beliefs about involving children in the most complex and serious decisions. The barriers which adults have to overcome when listening to children, and the benefits of doing so are considered.

Type: Article
Title: A young child’s refusal of life saving treatment: When do we stop? Involving children in decisions about withholding or withdrawing treatment intended to extend life
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.nursingtimes.net/
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.
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/1536250
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