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Shared Decision Making for Routine Infant Circumcision: A Pilot Study

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It is important that expectant parents receive accurate information about the benefits and risks of circumcision as well as the benefits and risks of having an intact foreskin when making a decision about routine infant circumcision (RIC). A pilot study was conducted using the shared decision making (SDM) conceptual model to guide expectant parents through a 3-phase decision-making program about RIC as part of their childbirth education class. The participants showed a high level of preparedness following each of the 3 phases. Preparedness score were highest for those who decided to keep their expected sons’ penises natural. This SDM program was an effective way of guiding expectant parents through the decision-making process for RIC.
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Keywords: childbirth education; foreskin; male circumcision; neonatal circumcision; parental decision making; shared decision making

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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