Children's consent to treatment: using a scale to assess degree of self-determination

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Discussion and debate regarding decision-making that is 'in the best interest of the child' and that also considers the child's voice in these decisions have increased in recent years. A study was undertaken to identify everyday situations in medical and nursing care in which children had been allowed to have a voice or been denied the right. Twenty-six hospitalized children, ages 6 to 17 years, and 21 parents were interviewed concerning their experiences with hospitalization. The interviews contained examples of 100 situations in which the children could have had a say in decisions concerning their care and treatment. An instrument describing five levels of self-determination was used to analyze the situations. The results showed that there are situations in the daily care of children who are hospitalized where it is possible to discuss the degree of self-determination of the child. To different degrees, staff members honored children's choices in questions concerning their own health.


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  • Medicinsk etik
  • Omvårdnad
Sidor (från-till)455
TidskriftPediatric nursing
Utgåva nummer5
StatusPublished - 2000
Peer review utfördJa