Journal article

Drawing attention to difference: Dilemmas in discussing dysmorphism with parents

Susan M White, Jan Hodgson

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011

Abstract

Dysmorphism is a sensitive topic to discuss with parents. Discussing dysmorphism requires careful thought, awareness of parent reactions, practice and reflection. Clinical practice suggests that barriers exist for both parents and health professionals, which make these discussions challenging. Here, we explored the challenges inherent in dialogue about dysmorphism and offer suggestions for communication strategies that are grounded in both theory and practice.