Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy 2020; 9(03): 085-091
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715563
Review Article

Practical Ethical Approaches for Common Issues in Pediatric Epilepsy

Cheryl Lancaster
1  Department of Philosophy, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
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The aim of this commentary is to provide clinicians with the tools needed (or, at least, knowledge of where to find them) to navigate the often-turbulent seas of medical ethics. The cases described and questions asked in this issue are not only relevant to pediatric epilepsy but also typical of quandaries faced frequently by health care professionals (HCPs). By examining these cases and extrapolating the ethical questions raised, the clinician will find that there are several ethical approaches that can be taken and may lead to a variety of ways forward. However, by employing the ideas highlighted in this commentary, it is my hope that HCPs will be able to identify these various points of view, evaluate their options, and act in ways that are ethically justifiable.

Publication History

Received: 23 June 2020

Accepted: 07 July 2020

Publication Date:
13 August 2020 (online)

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