Informed consent: Pediatric patients, adolescents, and emancipated minors

Irini N Kolaitis*, Joel E Frader

*Corresponding author for this work

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Permission to perform medical procedures on children poses special ethical and legal considerations. Decision makers must focus on the child’s interests and attend to cognitive and emotional factors affecting developing children. As children grow, adults must increasingly include them in decisions about their health care. Decisions made by clinicians with parents or guardians on behalf of children require a higher, more rational basis, than decisions one may make for one’s self as an autonomous adult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthical Issues in Anesthesiology and Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319159492
ISBN (Print)9783319159485
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Assent
  • Emancipated Minor
  • Informed Consent
  • Informed Refusal
  • Mature Minor
  • Parental Permission
  • Pediatrics
  • Physician-Patient Relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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