Moral choices in end of life care for children
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Moral choices in end of life care for children

Susan Stringer Macmillan head and neck nurse specialist, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Susan Stringer outlines different ethical stances and how they relate to the decision whether to discuss treatment with an 11-year-old patient

This article aims to demonstrate the extent to which end of life care for children raises moral dilemmas. It considers a case study of an 11-year-old boy with lymphoma, examining the considerations of the decision-making process involved in his treatment and drawing on various aspects of the scenario to illustrate and discuss different choices.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 7, 27-32. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 January 2013

Accepted: 07 March 2013