A Clash of Ethics and Reality: Pediatric Obesity and Medical Neglect

Track: 60 Minute Podium

Session Number: 401
Date: Thu, Apr 25th, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Description:

Merry, M. S. & Voight, K. (2014) Risk, harm and intervention: The case of child obesity. Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy, 17(2), 191-200. doi: 10.1007/s11019-013-9531-z

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Wilkinson, D. & Nair, T. (2016). Harm isn’t all you need: Parental discretion and medical decisions for a child. Journal of Medical Ethics 42(2), 116-118. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2015-103265

Williams, G. M., Bredow, M., Barton, J., Pryce, R., & Shield, J.P. (2014) Can foster care ever be justified for weight management? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 99(3), 297-299. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2013-304654
Session Type: Clinical Practice

Session Description: How do we proceed when what we should do ethically is at odds with what we can do legally? This session will use a unique case of a pediatric patient with obesity to highlight the barriers pediatric professionals face when ethics clash with the law, and potential ways forward.
Primary Presenter Bio: Dr. Gayla Huffman is a nurse educator and leader with over 13 years of pediatric experience. In addition to her role as an Education and Professional Development Program Manger, Dr. Huffman co-leads an interdisciplinary task force on Severe Pediatric Obesity. She has a passion for ethics, evidenced by her eight years of service as an IRB member and by her recent completion of a certificate program in pediatric bioethics from Children's Mercy's Center for Bioethics. Dr. Huffman is an active member of SPN, and Vice-Chair of the Program Planning Committee.
Primary Presenter Institution: Children's Mercy, Kansas City
Session Type: Clinical Practice

Session Description: How do we proceed when what we should do ethically is at odds with what we can do legally? This session will use a unique case of a pediatric patient with obesity to highlight the barriers pediatric professionals face when ethics clash with the law, and potential ways forward.
Primary Presenter Bio: Dr. Gayla Huffman is a nurse educator and leader with over 13 years of pediatric experience. In addition to her role as an Education and Professional Development Program Manger, Dr. Huffman co-leads an interdisciplinary task force on Severe Pediatric Obesity. She has a passion for ethics, evidenced by her eight years of service as an IRB member and by her recent completion of a certificate program in pediatric bioethics from Children's Mercy's Center for Bioethics. Dr. Huffman is an active member of SPN, and Vice-Chair of the Program Planning Committee.
Primary Presenter Institution: Children's Mercy, Kansas City