Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: attitudes among pediatric residents and nurses towards fetal and neonatal management
Article first published online: 30 AUG 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 27, Issue 11, pages 1045–1055, November 2007
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Renella, P., Chang, R.-K. R., Ferry, D. A., Bart, R. D. and Sklansky, M. S. (2007), Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: attitudes among pediatric residents and nurses towards fetal and neonatal management. Prenat. Diagn., 27: 1045–1055. doi: 10.1002/pd.1835
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 30 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 17 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Received: 16 APR 2007
- comfort care;
To determine the attitudes of pediatric residents and nurses towards fetal/neonatal management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), and their basis.
Pediatric residents and nurses from three cardiac centers completed a survey with hypothetical scenarios in which their own fetuses or newborns had HLHS. While Institution A performs many HLHS surgeries, Institution C performs very few.
A total of 43% of residents and 50% of nurses would terminate an affected pregnancy. More experience (4 to 7 years, p = 0.04; >7 years, p = 0.05) and employment at institution C (p = 0.04) predicted termination. Expected better quality of life (QOL) (p = 0.02) and five-year survival >50% (p = 0.06) predicted not terminating. Postnatally, 48% of residents and 68% of nurses would choose, or seriously consider, comfort care. Marriage (p = 0.04) and more experience (4 to 7 years, p = 0.04; >7 years, p = 0.02) predicted choosing comfort care. Asian/Pacific Islander descent (p = 0.01) and expected 5-year survival >50% (p = 0.02) predicted choosing surgery.
Approximately one-half of the pediatric residents and nurses surveyed would choose termination of pregnancy or seriously consider declining neonatal surgery, if their own fetus or infant had HLHS. These attitudes reflect perceptions of long-term QOL and survival. These attitudes may be of interest to caregivers who care for HLHS patients. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.