A dilemma exists when a doctor is faced with a child or young person who refuses medically indicated treatment.
The Gillick case had been interpreted by many to mean that a child of sufficient age and intelligence could validly consent or refuse consent to treatment.
Recent decisions of the Court of Appeal on a child's refusal of medical treatment have clouded the issue and undermined the spirit of the Gillick decision and the Children Act 1989.
It is now the case taht a child patient whose competence is in doubt will be found rational if he or she accepts the proposal to treat but may be found incompetent if he or she disagrees.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement, Enfant, Homme, Refus, Attitude, Médecin, Ethique, Médecine légale, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Treatment, Child, Human, Denial, Attitude, Physician, Ethics, Legal medicine, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0531945
Code Inist : 002B30A10. Création : 199406.