Table 4

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

Factor 3 (n=6)F3(F1, F2)
Technological developments mean that heroic means of extraordinary means of support are overused5(1, 2)
Parents who do not want a disabled child should be able to make the decision to withhold or withdraw full intensive care treatment5(1, 1)
It is wrong to knowingly bring a disabled child into this world2(−5, −1)
Resuscitation at <24/40 weeks is for the parents benefit, not for the infants1(−2, −1)
The most important factor when deciding on resuscitation is the parents decision1(−1, −1)
Babies born at <24/40 weeks gestation should always be resuscitated if the mother is too old to have any more children0(−3, −5)
Parents are given a false hope when they see all of the equipment used on their extremely preterm infant−1(2, 1)
Life satisfaction is not possible if you have a disability−1(−6, −3)
Women who try to conceive post menopause are not thinking about the best interests of the infant−1(2, 1)
The philosophy underpinning nursing and medical care is the same in all healthcare settings, including neonatal and abortion services−2*(0, 1)
Women should have the right to choose abortion up until 24/40 weeks−2*(0, 5)
The amount of technology used in the neonatal unit is a barrier which is detrimental to parents infant bonding−2(0, 1)
Deciding whether to withhold or withdraw treatment is too stressful for parents and should be done by the health care professionals−3(0, 0)
Technology should be advanced to allow the most premature of infants to survive−4*(2, −1)
Infants born extremely preterm with life-limiting illness should still be given full intensive care treatment−5*(0, −3)
It is better to have a disabled child, no matter how disabled, than no child at all−6*(−2, −4)
  • All factors <0.05.

  • *Factors with p<0.01.