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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Pediatric Medical Ethics Center at Seattle Children's

As reported by the AP, Seattle's Children's Hospital is establishing a new center to examine ethics issues that arise in the care of children. The Center for Pediatric Bioethics, the first of its kind, will receive $340,000 a year in federal funds plus $1 million in startup money from Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, which is affiliated with the University of Washington:

"If you look around the country there are lots of centers for bioethics, but all of them tend to be devoted more toward general issues," said Dr. Doug Diekema, director of medical ethics at Children's and interim head of the new center. "There really is no concentrated center for the study of purely pediatric issues."

The center will be host of a pediatric bioethics conference in July, a sort of unofficial kickoff.

The center will consider such issues as:

  • Can a terminally ill 7-year-old decline medical treatment?
  • Are pediatricians required to tell parents when a teenager has a sexually transmitted disease?
  • Should a 10-year-old be consulted about enrollment in a clinical research trial?

Children's press release (with contact information) is here.

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