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Ethical considerations in pediatric neurology.
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PMID:  23622156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The practice of pediatric neurology demands a high level of responsibility at multiple levels. These include listening carefully to people's stories in order to assess each situation, planning and implementing investigations and therapies, individual and family counseling, longitudinal follow-up from fetal life throughout childhood and adolescence, organization of transition to adult care, and societal advocacy. In the 21st century these activities must be carried out in the context of major societal and technological changes which have brought about many new challenges for pediatric neurologists. In this chapter, we address ethical and moral issues that may help guide pediatric neurologists with regard to a number of specific challenges. These include physician-patient relationships that are based on benign paternalism with respect for autonomy and promoting quality of life, practicing evidence-based medicine, and the technological imperative. In addition we discuss the tension between clinical practice and research, relationships between physicians and industry, and the public role of pediatric neurologists to advocate for children with neurological and developmental conditions. We also illustrate some challenges in selected situations such as prenatal counseling (fetal neurology), neonatal encephalopathy, and persistent vegetative state.
Gabriel M Ronen; Bernard Dan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Handbook of clinical neurology     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0072-9752     ISO Abbreviation:  Handb Clin Neurol     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0166161     Medline TA:  Handb Clin Neurol     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Electronic address:
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