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Volunteers in plastic surgery guidelines for providing surgical care for children in the less developed world: part II. Ethical considerations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21865995     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Many international volunteer groups provide free reconstructive plastic surgery for the poor and underserved in developing countries. An essential issue in providing this care is that it meets consistent guidelines for both quality and safety-a topic that has been addressed previously. An equally important consideration is how to provide that care in an ethical manner. No literature presently addresses the various issues involved in making those decisions.
METHODS: With these ethical considerations in mind, the Volunteers in Plastic Surgery Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation undertook a project to create a comprehensive set of guidelines for volunteer groups planning to provide this type of reconstructive plastic surgery in developing countries. The committee worked in conjunction with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia on this project.
RESULTS: The Board of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation has approved the ethical guidelines created for the delivery of care in developing countries. The guidelines address the variety of ethical decisions that may be faced by a team working in an underdeveloped country. These guidelines make it possible for a humanitarian effort to anticipate the types of ethical decisions that are often encountered and be prepared to deal with them appropriately.
CONCLUSIONS: Any group seeking to undertake an international mission trip in plastic surgery should be able to go to one source to find a detailed discussion of the perceived needs in providing ethical humanitarian care. This document was created to satisfy that need and is a companion to our original guidelines addressing safety and quality.
William J Schneider; Mark R Migliori; Arun K Gosain; George Gregory; Randall Flick; ;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  128     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-25     Completed Date:  2011-10-13     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216e-222e     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Developing Countries*
Ethics, Medical
Guideline Adherence / ethics*
Health Services Needs and Demand / ethics
Medical Missions, Official / ethics
Quality Assurance, Health Care / ethics
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / ethics*
Safety Management / ethics

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