Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 2: Present-day health and neurodevelopmental disability (ebook)


Chapter 2 of the book – Present-day health and neurodevelopmental disability

The co-editors address, among other themes, current insights and beliefs about children, families, disability issues, rights, policies and the conceptual and clinical underpinnings of work in childhood neurodisability. They refl on how the current era has been enormously infl by developments in, for example, public health (survival of children with impairments); concepts about ‘health’ (such as the World Health Organization’s International Classifi      of Functioning, Health and Disability); and movements to enshrine the rights of children and the rights of people with disabilities in international conventions.

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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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