Table 2

Mean level of consensus for statements by factor 1 participants (mean levels of consensus for statements by factor 2 and 3 participants in parentheses for comparison)13

Factor 1 (n=12)F1(F2, F3)
Death is, and always will be, inevitable for some infants+6(3, 3)
Peaceful death is more important than full intensive care treatment+5(2, 1)
Better provision of community services once children are older would make it easier to continue treatment for extremely preterm infants who display evidence of disability+3*(1, 0)
Technology should be advanced to allow the most premature of infants to survive+2(−1, 4)
There is a cross-over between neonatal and abortion services as both care for women at similar gestations+1(4, 4)
Advancing technology has made the process of withdrawing treatment more difficult+2(4, 4)
Technological developments mean that heroic measures of extraordinary means of support are overused+1*(2, 5)
Abortion providers and neonatal units are separate entities and the actions of one should have no influence upon the other0*(2, 2)
The amount of technology used in the neonatal unit is a barrier which is detrimental to parent–infant bonding0*(1, −2)
Infants born extremely preterm with life-limiting illness should still be given full intensive care treatment0*(−3, −5)
Women should have the right to choose abortion up until 24 weeks of gestation0*(5, −2)
Attempting to save infants <24/40 weeks is a large uncontrolled experiment−1(−6, −5)
‘Infants’ who are born alive following termination of pregnancy should be transferred to the neonatal unit for a trial of life−1(−6, −5)
Saving infants <24/40 weeks is an inefficient use of NHS resources−2(2, 3)
Neonatal unit treatment accounts for a large proportion of NHS resources and as such admission of infants <24/40 weeks should be restricted−3(0, −1)
Older parents are better equipped to deal with the outcome of extreme prematurity−3*(0, −1)
It is wrong to knowingly bring a disabled child into this world−5(−1, 2)
Life satisfaction is not possible if you have a disability−6(−3, −1)
  • All factors <0.05.

  • *Factors with p<0.01.

  • NHS, National Health Service.