When Parents Say No: Religious and Cultural Influences on Pediatric Healthcare Treatment
Pediatric healthcare professionals are sometimes faced with an ethical, emotionally charged dilemma when treatment, even life-saving treatment, goes against the religious or cultural beliefs of a pediatric patient's family.
Pediatric healthcare professionals are sometimes faced with an ethical, emotionally charged dilemma when treatment, even life-saving treatment, goes against the religious or cultural beliefs of a pediatric patient's family. The impact of these situations is quite profound. Healthcare professionals want to treat the child using all known technology and interventions, yet the child's parents may refuse to consent to all or part of the needed care.
This book offers healthcare and social services professionals the information they need to create favorable outcomes when faced with parental refusal situations, including how to anticipate religious or cultural healthcare conflicts, how to work with the family and clergy to favorably resolve the conflict, and when and how to initiate legal action to save the child's life. Included are useful tools and checklists that should be posted in every emergency room and pediatric care unit.
About the Author
Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, RN, CPON, tenured professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, has been a registered nurse for more than 21 years, during which time she has worked extensively in adult and pediatric oncology. She received her BSN at Humboldt State University and her MSN and EdD at the University of San Francisco. Her post-doctoral work was completed at the University of California, San Francisco. Raised a Methodist, she was influenced by her Christian Science mother and grandmother. Prayer, faith, and hope are important concepts in her daily life.