Exploring Ethics Talk: Patient Assent to Treatment: Assessing Its Rationale, Scope and Limits

For many years, US pediatricians have routinely involved both parents and their child-patients in making decisions about those children's medical care. The nature and scope of children's participation in those decisions remain a matter of debate, however. Persistent questions include: When should clinicians ask children for their assent or dissent to a recommended treatment? When should physicians honor a child's preference not to receive a recommended treatment? 

Topics to be Discussed:

  • A brief review of bioethical debates about children's assent to treatment 
  • An explanation of the concept of assent and its relation to informed consent 
  • A review of reasons for and against soliciting and honoring children's preferences about their treatment
  • An argument for extending the concept of assent to adults who lack decision-making capacity but can express preferences about their treatment

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Registration is free and open to all. Note that registration will close at 10 a.m. (EST) on Feb. 22. 


Virtual, via WebEx

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