Journal article

Medical interventions for children with trisomy 13 and trisomy 18: what is the value of a short disabled life?

Annie Janvier, Andrew Watkins

Acta Paediatrica | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Children with trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 (T13 or T18) have low survival rates, and survivors have significant disabilities. Life saving interventions (LSIs) are generally not recommended by many healthcare providers (HCPs). After a diagnosis of T13 or T18, many parents chose termination of pregnancy or comfort care at birth, but others consider treatment to prolong the lives of their children. While LSIs may be effective at prolonging the life of some children, the quality of life of survivors and the possible burden on the family may be considered negatively by HCP, which may lead to conflicts with families. Resource allocation considerations are often invoked to withhold LSI for..

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