On behalf of the European Neonatal EoL Study group 2010 which includes the co-authors are listed in .
Medical practice and legal background of decisions for severely ill newborn infants: viewpoints from seven European countries
Article first published online: 30 NOV 2012
©2012 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica ©2012 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 102, Issue 2, pages e57–e63, February 2013
How to Cite
Sauer, P., Dorscheidt, J., Verhagen, A., Hubben, J. and On behalf of the European Neonatal EoL Study group 2010 (2013), Medical practice and legal background of decisions for severely ill newborn infants: viewpoints from seven European countries. Acta Paediatrica, 102: e57–e63. doi: 10.1111/apa.12073
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 30 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 11 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUL 2012
- End of life decision;
To comparing attitudes towards end-of-life (EOL) decisions in newborn infants between seven European countries.
One paediatrician and one lawyer from seven European countries were invited to attend a conference to discuss the practice of EOL decisions in newborn infants and the legal aspects involved.
All paediatricians/neonatologists indicated that the best interest of the child should be the leading principle in all decisions. However, especially when discussing cases, important differences in attitude became apparent, although there are no significant differences between the involved countries with regard to national legal frameworks.
Important differences in attitude towards neonatal EOL decisions between European countries exist, but they cannot be explained solely by medical or legal reasons.