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The Pediatric Forum
March 2002

Medical Neglect: A Child-Focused View

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(3):298. doi:

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We agree with Dubowitz and colleagues that pediatricians must consider the multiple factors that may affect an infant's well-being. We also agree that a court order should only be sought after attempts to resolve the dispute with less intrusive measures have failed. Accordingly, pediatricians have an obligation to work with parents to understand the parent's position, to explain their recommendations to the parents, and to explore alternatives that can mitigate the risk to the infant and be acceptable to the parents and the pediatrician. In most cases, such discussions will result in an agreement on a plan of care.