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Advice on resolving disagreements with the families of critically ill children

Nuffield Council on Bioethics issues briefing on how nurses should manage cases where parents can come into conflict with decisions about life-sustaining treatment
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Nuffield Council on Bioethics issues briefing on how nurses should manage cases where parents can come into conflict with decisions about life-sustaining treatment

There have always been disagreements between healthcare staff and the parents of acutely ill children, and high-profile cases such as those involving Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and Isaiah Haastrup show how acute these disagreements can become.

The cases illustrate how a combination of modern medicine, heartbreaking decisions about care and the power of social media can create difficult, at times toxic, environments in which to manage care. And these are not the only cases that have led to disagreements, just the ones that were in the headlines.

It is estimated that about ten cases involving the care of children are referred each year to

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