NICU dialects: Understanding Norwegian practice variation
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionPediatrics. 2018, 142 S545-S551. 10.1542/peds.2018-0478E
In Norway, a national consensus-based guideline used to address thresholds for offering life support at extreme preterm birth was issued in 1998. Since then, therapeutic advances may have changed attitudes and expectations to treatment, both within the medical community and the public, and there are concerns that systematic variations in treatment practices may exist. With this article, we describe current practices and relate them to other ethical and legal comparable areas in health care. We conclude that a revision of the 1998 guideline is warranted to obtain a common understanding of prognoses and appropriate decision processes at the limit of viability.