Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 11: The ethics of patient advocacy (ebook)


Chapter 11 of the book – The ethics of patient advocacy: bending the rules on behalf of patients

There are clearly times when all health professionals – as advocates for children and families – face the dilemma about whether it is right to bend the truth on behalf of the people we serve. Tervo and Wojda have produced a fascinating chapter about the ethics of deception. They cite authorities, both ancient and contemporary, who have reflected on these issues in considerable philosophical detail. Their analysis is likely to support some readers’ views and challenge others’.

About the complete book

Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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