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Medical decision-making in pediatrics

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A case-based ethical discussion exploring the role of children and parents in decisions about health and well-being.

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Current recommendations and key legislations in many countries emphasize the importance of encouraging and supporting children to participate in healthcare decisions. At the same time, pediatric decision-making also means respecting the family and thus always involves three parties: children, parents (or surrogates) and healthcare providers. “The Best Interest Standard” and the Harm Principle are common components of policies establishing the limits of parental authority in pediatric decision-making, but are not beyond dispute. Our anniversary talk will critically contribute to this debate through the analysis of relevant case studies by two experts in the field of medicine and bioethics.

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Prof. Dr. med. Lainie F. Ross, Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics & Professor of medicine & surgery, The University of Chicago.

https://pediatrics.uchicago.edu/faculty/lainie-friedman-ross-md-phd

Dr. med. Jürg Streuli, Pediatric palliative care physician (Children's Hospital of Eastern Switzerland), and senior researcher (IBME, University of Zurich).

https://www.kispisg.ch/de/fachbereiche/kompetenzen/palliative-care

https://www.ibme.uzh.ch/en/Biomedical-Ethics/Team/Research-Fellows/juergstreuli.html

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Prof. Dr. med. B. Elger, head of the Institute for Biomedical Ethics.

Dr. Eva De Clercq, senior researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics.

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The Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel (IBMB) is a vibrant centre for research on and teaching about ethical issues in medicine and the biosciences.

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