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Toward a child rights theory in pediatric bioethics

Goldhagen, Jeffrey, Mercer, Raul, Webb, Elspeth, Nathawad, Rita, Shenoda, Sherry and Lansdown, Gerison 2016. Toward a child rights theory in pediatric bioethics. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 58 (3) , pp. 306-319. 10.1353/pbm.2016.0014

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This article offers a child rights theory in pediatric bioethics, applying the principles, standards, and norms of child rights, health equity, and social justice to medical and ethical decision-making. We argue that a child rights theory in pediatric bioethics will help pediatricians and pediatric bioethicists analyze and address the complex interplay of biomedical and social determinants of child health. These core principles, standards and norms, grounded in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), provide the foundational elements for the theory and a means for better understanding the complex determinants of children's health and well-being. Rights-based approaches to medical and ethical decision-making provide strategies for applying and translating these elements into the practice of pediatrics and pediatric bioethics by establishing a coherent, consistent, and contextual theory that is relevant to contemporary practice. The proposed child rights theory extends evolving perspectives on the relationship between human rights and bioethics to both child rights and pediatric bioethics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 1529-8795
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 13:14

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