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Informed Consent: Pediatric Patients, Adolescents, and Emancipated Minors

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Permission to perform medical procedures on children poses special ethical and legal considerations. Decision makers must focus on the child’s interests and attend to cognitive and emotional factors affecting developing children. As children grow, adults must increasingly include them in decisions about their health care. Decisions made by clinicians with parents or guardians on behalf of children require a higher, more rational basis, than decisions one may make for one’s self as an autonomous adult.

Keywords

  • Pediatrics
  • Informed Consent
  • Physician-Patient Relationship
  • Informed Refusal
  • Assent
  • Parental Permission
  • Emancipated Minor
  • Mature Minor

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Kolaitis, I.N., Frader, J.E. (2015). Informed Consent: Pediatric Patients, Adolescents, and Emancipated Minors. In: Jericho, B. (eds) Ethical Issues in Anesthesiology and Surgery. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15949-2_1

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