Parental Preference or Child Well-being: An Ethical Dilemma

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Abstract

An ethical dilemma that is not uncommon to encounter when caring for children occurs when parental preference does not appear to be in the child's best interest. Challenges facing the health care team are further amplified when the family's cultural background does not match that of the team. A case study will be used to illustrate the challenges of a pediatric palliative care ethical dilemma further complicated by cultural diversity. Review of the child's medical condition, patient/parent preferences, quality of life, and contextual features will be followed by an analysis and recommendations for resolution of this challenging situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Culture
  • Ethical dilemma
  • Pediatric palliative care
  • Proteus syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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