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January 2, 2002

Providing Information to Parents of Extremely Premature Newborns

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(1):41-43. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.40

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.