Ethics Grand Rounds: Prenatal Decision-Making at the Limits of Viability: A Qualitative Examination of Neonatologists’ Consultation Practices

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When delivery of an extremely premature baby is anticipated at 22 to 24 weeks of gestation, the standard of care is for a specialist in Neonatology to consult with families to determine family-centered goals of care to best determine whether to provide intensive resuscitation or comfort measures only for the baby at time of birth.  Research demonstrates highly variable apporaches to counseling practices across institutions.  This talk will highlight existing knowledge regarding shared decision-making in this setting.  Further, it will describe a qualitative study aimed at understanding the mechanics and substance of these consultations in order to develop more effective strategies for individualized and family-centered decision-making. 

Speaker: Chris Collura, MD, MA, Neonatology, Pediatric Palliative Care, Bioethics, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

The Center for Bioethics' Ethics Grand Rounds feature noted local, national, and international bioethics scholars who lecture on a wide variety of ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The lectures are held monthly over the noon hour during the academic year on the East Bank campus of the Unversity of Minnesota. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Event date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm