Decision-making experiences of health professionals in withdrawing treatment for children and young people: A qualitative study

Title

Decision-making experiences of health professionals in withdrawing treatment for children and young people: A qualitative study

Creator

Abdin S; Heath G; Neilson S; Byron-Daniel J; Hooper N

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Publisher

Child: care, health and development.

Date

2022

Subject

decision making; healthcare; pediatric; professionals; qualitative study; treatment; withdrawing treatment

Description

OBJECTIVE: To explore factors that influence professionals in deciding whether to withdraw treatment from a child and how decision-making is managed amongst professionals as an individual and as a team. STUDY DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of health professionals working at a UK Children's Hospital, with children with life-limiting illnesses whose treatment has been withdrawn. Data was transcribed verbatim, anonymised, and analysed using a thematic framework method. RESULT(S): A total of fifteen participants were interviewed. Five interrelated themes with associated subthemes were generated to help understand the experiences of health professionals in decision-making on withdrawing a child's treatment: 1) Understanding the Child's Best Interests (2) Multidisciplinary Approach (3) External Factors (4) Psychological Wellbeing (5) Recommendations to Support Shared Decision-making. CONCLUSION(S): A shared decision-making approach should be adopted to support professionals, children, and their families to make decisions collectively. Copyright This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Citation

Abdin S; Heath G; Neilson S; Byron-Daniel J; Hooper N, “Decision-making experiences of health professionals in withdrawing treatment for children and young people: A qualitative study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed April 21, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17819.