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March 2017


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(3):203. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.1358

Though adenotonsillectomy (AT) is the most common treatment for pediatric sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), SDB treatment decisions have few definitive criteria and are often left to the individual physician or family. Boss and colleagues interviewed 11 parents of children with SDB to identify the themes associated with the parental experience of care and decision-making in pediatric SDB and AT. They found that clinician interpersonal behaviors, such as clinician-patient-family communication, were an important part of parental experience and decision-making, as well as clinical factors such as the clinical severity of SDB, child quality-of-life and behavior, and treatment outcomes.

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