The Best Interests of the Child in Healthcare

By Sarah Elliston

© 2008 – Routledge-Cavendish

328 pages

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About the Book

Topical and compelling, this volume provides an excellent re-evaluation of the ‘best interests’ test in the healthcare arena; the ways in which it has developed, the inherent difficulties in its use and its interpretation in legal cases concerning the medical care of children.

Comprehensively covering both the English and Scottish position within the context of the European Convention of human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the author examines a wide range of healthcare situations, from the commonly occurring to the unusual, offering a detailed analysis of legislation, case law, cases and their implications.

It includes discussions on:

  • the extent to which a child’s body can be examined, operated on and affected by medicines, devices or procedures intended to bring about medical change
  • the appropriate scope of parental choice and authority and at what stage of their development children should be allowed to make their own decisions
  • the response to situations where the interests of children may be in conflict – the cases of conjoined twins or the donation of organs to siblings.

This work is a key resource for postgraduates and researchers working and studying in the fields of law, healthcare and medicine.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Standards in Decision Making Concerning Children 3. Best Interests and Consent 4. Best Interests and Refusal 5. Best Interests between Children 6. Best Interests and Withholding/Withdrawing Treatment 7. Best Interests and Medical Research 8. Conclusions

About the Author

Sarah Elliston is a Lecturer in Medical Law at the University of Glasgow where she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medical law for thirteen years. Her particular research interests are in the medical treatment of children and aspects of human reproduction and the law

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LAW / General
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LAW / Health