Interests and neonates: there is more to the story than we explicitly acknowledge

Theor Med Bioeth. 2007;28(5):357-72. doi: 10.1007/s11017-007-9048-7.


Although there are many different moral arguments concerning the use of Best Interests in neonatal decision-making, there seems in practice a firm commitment to application of the concept. And yet, there is still little reflection given by practitioners about what employing a Best Interest determination means in infant care. The following lays out a comprehensive taxonomy of interest-sources in order to provide for more robust considerations of what constitutes best interests of/for neonates.

MeSH terms

  • Child Advocacy* / ethics
  • Decision Making* / ethics
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Moral Obligations*
  • Neonatology / ethics*
  • Parent-Child Relations*