Parents, Doctors, and the Circumcision Decision

Parents, Doctors, and the Circumcision Decision
Parents, Doctors, and the Circumcision Decision

(HealthDay News) — Most parents want the doctor to answer their questions about circumcision, but they do not want a specific recommendation for their baby, according to a report published July 21 by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Matthew M. Davis, MD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues directed a national poll asking parents to describe the role of health care providers in assisting with decisions about circumcision for their infant.

The researchers found that most parents (81%) believe that the pediatrician or family physician is the preferred source of information about circumcision. Regarding the best time to get information about circumcision, 87% of parents say before the baby is born, 11% say at the hospital once the baby is born, and 2% say at the baby's first check-up. Although most parents want the health care provider to answer their questions and provide scientific information about circumcision, only 23% say that the health care provider should recommend a specific decision for their infant.

"With regard to circumcision, this poll shows that parents don't want directives or advocacy from their health care providers, but rather a neutral source of accurate information and support for the family's decision, whatever it may be," the authors write.

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