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June 28, 2000

Informed Decisions for Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants

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Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(24):3201-3202. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3198

To the Editor: Dr Saigal and colleagues1 found that parents of teenagers who had been extremely low-birth-weight (ELBW) infants gave higher quality-of-life scores to hypothetical scenarios of disability than did health care professionals. The authors conclude that parents are willing to accept life-sustaining care for extremely premature infants, despite the likelihood of severe disability. They further suggest that neonatal caregivers are less willing to provide such care and may influence parents to decline intensive treatment.

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