In the nineties the EURONIC project documented the staff views and practices regarding ethical decision-making in neonatal intensive care units of eight Western Europe countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. This paper reviews the changes occurred in the ethical and legal background of these countries, and discusses possible influences on neonatal care practices. To a certain extent, many of these changes appear to be in line with the neonatal physicians' views and attitudes previously documented by the EURONIC project, while some are not. Large differences persist within Western Europe on what constitutes appropriate neonatal end-of-life care.
- End-of-life decisions
- Neonatal intensive care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology