TableĀ 2

Reasons for conflict

Reason for conflictNo. of incidencesPercentage frequency (%)
Communication breakdown7222
Disagreements about treatment4513
Unrealistic expectations/excessive healthcare demands3711
Family wishing to micromanage care3210
Physical/verbal threats or disruptive behaviour216
Fear that resources are limiting treatment175
Difficulty in accepting prognosis given165
Discordant advice from clinical team165
Non-compliance with investigations/treatment plan/medication103
Not accepting child is medically fit for discharge93
Failure to attend clinic/meetings with clinicians82
Multiple/discordant decision-makers in family62
Advocating alternative medicine or untested treatments41
Disagreement about withholding/withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment10.3
Religious beliefs10.3