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<i>Arbitrary vs discretionary decisions</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0011
Arbitrary vs discretionary decisions

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This chapter presents a 1990 commentary on care for seriously compromised newborn infants. It considers questions about how decisions should be made about initiating costly, all-out modern treatment for such infants, given the lack of information about the relative impact of death (compared with survival) of these smallest infants on families with poor circumstances, single-parent families, after unwanted pregnancy, in families with drug-addicted parents, etc.

Keywords: neonatal deaths; neonatal care; infant care; single-parent families; unwanted pregnancy

Chapter.  1188 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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