Abstract

This case analysis examines the pediatric clinical ethics issues of adolescent autonomy and parental authority in medical decision–making. The case involves a dying adolescent whose parents request that the medical team withhold diagnosis and prognosis information from the patient. The analysis engages two related ethical questions: Should Annie be given information about her medical condition? And, who is the proper decision–maker in Annie’s case? Ultimately, four practical recommendations are offered.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2157-1740
Print ISSN
2157-1732
Pages
pp. 81-88
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-04
Open Access
No
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