In Caring for Children Who Have Severe Neurological Impairment, Dr. Julie M. Hauer advocates shared decision making between family caregivers and healthcare providers. She details aspects of medical care such as pain, sleep, feeding, and respiratory problems that will be particularly useful to parents. Tables and key points summarize discussions for clear, quick reference, while case studies and stories illustrate how different families approach decision making, communication, care plans, and informed consent.
Parents and other caregivers will find this book to be indispensable--as will bioethicists and clinicians in pediatrics, neurology, physical and rehabilitative medicine, palliative care, and others who care for children with neurological and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Hauer offers hope and practical coping strategies in equal measure.
Julie M. Hauer, MD, is an assistant professor, medical director of Seven Hills Pediatric Center, and a staff member in general pediatrics, Complex Care Service, at Boston Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School.
"This unique book provides detailed scientific information that is carefully explained in a gentle and thoughtful manner. This book provides a much needed resource for families struggling to stay informed and make decisions for their children. It also is a new and essential resource for pediatric palliative care professionals who walk alongside families as guides."--Jody Chrastek, DNP, RN, CHPN, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
"Framing by symptoms, not diseases, Dr. Hauer gives practical diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the most challenging problems faced by children with severe neurological impairment. Grounded in compassion, experience, and family-centered care, Caring for Children Who Have Severe Neurological Impairment is a must-read."--Rishi Agrawal, MD, MPH, Academic Pediatric Association Complex Care Special Interest Group
" Caring for Children Who Have Severe Neurological Impairment... is the only book that has even made an attempt to tackle this difficult topic in any meaningful sort of way. The author has succeeded in creating what should become the caregiving Bible for any family of a child with severe neurological impairment regardless of diagnosis, or any medical provider for this population... The information provided, and the approaches recommended, are too important to be overlooked... Caring for Children Who Have Severe Neurological Impairment is highly recommended and should be on the bookshelf of every parent dealing with complex medical issues."--Susan Agrawal - Complex Child