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To understand the day-to-day lives of parents of children with disabilities, Francis X. McNesby offers this study of a group of mothers raising children with autism.
The study, reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, measured the levels of cortisol, a hormone "that is released in response to increased levels of stress," said McNesby, a pediatrician with the Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
While stress levels tend to rise and fall during the day, the study found the women suffered from "chronic stress - the same patterns as soldiers in combat," McNesby said.
That level of stress has particular meaning for parents of children with autism in this region. New Jersey has the nation's highest rate of autism, with one in 45 children diagnosed - a rate that includes one in 28 boys, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March 2014.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update revealed that the number of Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services has reached more than 55,000 individuals - triple that of 2009.
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This white paper, prepared by a working group of the Catholic Medical Association, provides a commentary on a new type of end-of-life document called a POLST form (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) as well as on its model (or “paradigm”) for implementation across the United States.
This white paper, prepared by a working group of the Catholic Medical Association, provides a commentary on a new type of end-of-life document called a POLST form (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) as well as on its model (or “paradigm”) for implementation across the United States. After an introductory section reviewing the origin, goals, and standard defenses of the POLST paradigm and form, the paper offers a critical analysis of POLST, including an analysis of the risks that POLST poses to sound clinical and ethical decision-making. The paper ends with several recommendations to help Catholic healthcare professionals and institutions better address the challenges of end-of-life care with alternatives to POLST.
Click here to read the entire position paper.