How certain are you, doctor?
Gillis, Jonathan and Tobin, Bernadette. (2011) How certain are you, doctor? Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 12(1), pp. 71 - 72. https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181e2a4cd
|Authors||Gillis, Jonathan and Tobin, Bernadette|
Objective: To argue that pediatric intensive care physicians have difficulties in responding to parental questions about prognostic certainty, and that this constitutes a failure in their professional responsibility to parents. Conclusions: These difficulties arise from three sources: 1) the structure and organization of contemporary intensive care, 2) the neglect of prognostication, and 3) the failure to distinguish scientific certainty from practical certainty. It is proposed that an understanding of these issues will enable physicians to respond to the parental question “How certain are you, doctor?” with more authenticity and sincerity.
|Journal||Pediatric Critical Care Medicine|
|Journal citation||12 (1), pp. 71 - 72|
|Publisher||Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181e2a4cd|
|Page range||71 - 72|
|Place of publication||United States of America|
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