Parents' perspectives regarding a physician-parent conference after their child's death in the pediatric intensive care unit

Title

Parents' perspectives regarding a physician-parent conference after their child's death in the pediatric intensive care unit

Creator

Meert KL; Eggly S; Pollack M; Anand KJ; Zimmerman J; Carcillo J; Newth CJ; Dean JM; Willson DF; Nicholson C; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network

Publisher

The Journal Of Pediatrics

Date

2007

Subject

Female; Humans; infant; Male; Intensive Care Units; Adult; Parent-Child Relations; Questionnaires; Middle Aged; Communication; Death; Physician's Role; Needs Assessment; Critical Care; Pediatric; bereavement; infant; Newborn; ICU Decision Making; Parents/psychology

Description

OBJECTIVE: To investigate parents' perspectives on the desirability, content, and conditions of a physician-parent conference after their child's death in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). STUDY DESIGN: Audio-recorded telephone interviews were conducted with 56 parents of 48 children. All children died in the PICU of one of six children's hospitals in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN) 3 to 12 months before the study. RESULTS: Only seven (13%) parents had a scheduled meeting with any physician to discuss their child's death; 33 (59%) wanted to meet with their child's intensive care physician. Of these, 27 (82%) were willing to return to the hospital to meet. Topics that parents wanted to discuss included the chronology of events leading to PICU admission and death, cause of death, treatment, autopsy, genetic risk, medical documents, withdrawal of life support, ways to help others, bereavement support, and what to tell family. Parents sought reassurance and the opportunity to voice complaints and express gratitude. CONCLUSIONS: Many bereaved parents want to meet with the intensive care physician after their child's death. Parents seek to gain information and emotional support, and to give feedback about their PICU experience.
2007

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

50--5, 55.e1--2

Issue

1

Volume

151

Citation

Meert KL; Eggly S; Pollack M; Anand KJ; Zimmerman J; Carcillo J; Newth CJ; Dean JM; Willson DF; Nicholson C; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, “Parents' perspectives regarding a physician-parent conference after their child's death in the pediatric intensive care unit,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 4, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14373.

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