To provide a series of articles on ethics in pediatric practice in the 1 990s that will stimulate and motivate the practitioner to think about, agree or disagree with, or argue and discuss with others. There are often no clear answers to many difficult ethical aspects of practice management, but there is generally a correct process and methodology for making an ethical decision.
The articles in this issue of Pediatric Annals present a process and methodology of making ethical decisions, and should provide the pediatric practitioner with knowledge, thoughtfulness, and insight into the subject matter of ethics.
HOWTO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pre-Test below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material, it indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. There exist ethical rules in medicine that provide answers for most every question that arises in pediatric patient care.
2. Pediatricians find it difficult to learn medical, ethical, and financial norms.
3. Under current law, health professionals are only required to report clearly identified cases of child maltreatment; reporting of suspected cases is optional.
4. Going to court to ask a judge to make a health care decision is often the most desirable method of resolving conflicts between parents and attending physicians.
Answers to the Pre-Test:
1. B 2. A 3. 8 4. B