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The Pediatric Forum
April 2006

Dismissing Families: A Slippery Slope

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(4):452. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.4.452-a

After reading “Dismissing the Family Who Refuses Vaccines: A Study of Pediatrician Attitudes” by Flanagan-Klygis et al,1 I spent a sleepless night feeling sad, ashamed, and angry. How can physicians dedicated to patient-centered care “fire” families who make independent health decisions? We are not generals demanding obedience; we are servants of life, of free human beings. They come to us for help, not demands to do it “our way or the highway.”

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