Consent, Rights and Choices in Health Care for Children and by British Medical Association

By British Medical Association

This books offers counsel for medical professionals and different healthiness pros who're interested in supplying future health deal with little ones and younger people.

The books units out most sensible perform information, and explains that youngsters and teens might be allowed to take part in judgements approximately their health and wellbeing care to the level they want. It explains who may give consent to remedy on behalf of an individual less than 18 and whilst young children and teenagers can search overall healthiness care and suggestion independently.

It additionally explores the problem of refusal of therapy; what mom and dad are entitled to refuse on behalf in their kids, and what to do if youngsters refuse treatment.

A complete precis of chapters presents speedy reference for the foremost moral and criminal matters.

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Listening to the child: It is essential that children and young people are shown that their views are valued and, where appropriate, that those views will be treated confidentially, on the same terms as dialogue with other patients. ) In fact, the ethics of providing care and treatment for minors are the same in most respects as the ethics of treating any other patient. Young patients are individuals whose interests need to be considered in a broad manner that takes account of their physical needs, their own wishes and the circumstances of the case.

A child or young person who has already experienced serious illness and various forms of medical treatment may be as well equipped as an older person to decide whether to agree to further similar treatment. Very hard choices arise when serious disability or death is an inevitable consequence of the disease and treatment only offers a slender hope of benefit. Whatever their age, patients’ own preferences should carry much weight in these circumstances. This is clearly not the same, however, as saying that society should accept unquestioningly a non-treatment decision by a child or young person whose medical condition appears amenable to successful treatment.

In the latter case, questions arise 18 AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO TREATING about the child’s competence and moral authority to make such a grave decision. 3). Ideally, however, medical decisions are best made in partnership by the patient, the family and the health team. 1. 3 Why are mature children and young people treated differently from adults? 18 In fact, society at large can be said to wish to promote mutually incompatible values when it emphasises the right of informed and mature young people to make autonomous decisions but, at the same time, insists on protecting them from the effects of those decisions.

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