Medical Ethics for Children: Applying the Four Principles to Paediatrics
Journal of Medical Ethics 2008 March; 34(3): 141-145
I will argue that there are difficulties with the application of the four principles approach to incompetent children. The most important principle - respect for autonomy - is not directly applicable to incompetent children and the most appropriate modification of the principle for them is not clear. The principle of beneficence - that one should act in the child's interests - is complicated by difficulties in assessing what a child's interests are and to which standard of interests those choosing for children should be held. A further problem with the four principles approach is that parental authority does not follow clearly from the four principles.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Stanley, Robert (1998-01-08)
Weinberg, Matt (2001)
Tsai, Daniel Fu-Chang (1999-08)The four principles approach to biomedical ethics (4PBE) has, since the 1970s, been increasingly developed as a universal bioethics method. Despite its wide acceptance and popularity, the 4PBE has received many challenges ...