Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In the Clinical Crossroads article
on a woman with an extremely premature infant,1
Dr Richardson discusses health care professionals' responsibilities in providing
information and support to families with infants in the neonatal intensive
care unit (NICU).
The mother reports being "overwhelmed" with all the horror stories she
found on the Internet. Consequently, she relies on staff to determine what
information it is necessary for her to have. Richardson agrees that the Internet
"is a scary place," and says "it is not kind to bombard people with information."
This approach clearly is not in the best interests of the infant and the family.
Hurst I. Providing Information to Parents of Extremely Premature Newborns. JAMA. 2002;287(1):41-43. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.40