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Information and treatment decisions in severe Spinal muscular atrophy: A parental follow-up
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Karolinska institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4736-500X
Karolinska institutet.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Karolinska institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8185-781X
2016 (English)In: European journal of paediatric neurology, ISSN 1090-3798, E-ISSN 1532-2130, Vol. 20, no 6, 830-838 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction

The parents of children with severe spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) face difficult ethical decisions regarding their child's treatment. This study explored the experience of parents of children with severe SMA concerning information and treatment decisions.

Material and methods

This nationwide survey, conducted in 2013, is based on parents of children who were born in Sweden between 2000 and 2010 and later diagnosed with SMA type I or II where respiratory support was considered the first year of life (N = 61, participation rate: 87%). The survey involved parents' perception of the child's care and the questions used in this study covered information given and treatment decisions. Descriptive statistics were used.

Results

None of the parents reported that the health care professionals made decisions concerning the child's treatment without informing them first, and 80% reported feeling confident about the decisions made. Of the bereaved parents, 11/48 (23%) reported that they got no information about respiratory support, compared to 2/13 (15%) of non-bereaved. Bereaved parents were more likely to report being satisfied with and understanding the information given about the illness and its treatment than non-bereaved parents.

Conclusion

All parents reported having been informed before treatment decisions were made and a vast majority reported feeling confident about the decisions. However, a quarter of the parents declined to have received information about respiratory support, which indicates that the parents did not sufficiently understand the available respiratory treatment options, and that their children may not receive the kind of care that is recommended in guidelines.

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2016. Vol. 20, no 6, 830-838 p.
Keyword [en]
Spinal muscular atrophy, Information, Treatment decision, Parental perception
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5414DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2016.08.008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5414DiVA: diva2:956609
Available from: 2016-08-30 Created: 2016-08-30 Last updated: 2017-01-26Bibliographically approved

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