Title

Should a Teenager Be Allowed to Leave the Hospital AMA to Attend His Father's Funeral?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2018

Identifier

DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-0902

Abstract

What should physicians do when an adolescent wishes to risk his physical health and leave the hospital to attend the funeral of his late father? What if the young man's mother, and only remaining guardian, both supports and encourages such a decision? In this Ethics Rounds discussion, we examine the legality, morality, and safety of discharging a minor under such conditions.

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

141

Issue

5

MeSH Keywords

Adolescent; Adolescent, Hospitalized; Child Protective Services; Decision Making; Ethics, Institutional; Fathers; Funeral Rites; Humans; Male; Optic Neuritis; Patient Compliance; Patient Discharge; Risk Assessment; Treatment Outcome

Keywords

Adolescent; Adolescent, Hospitalized; Child Protective Services; Decision Making; Ethics, Institutional; Fathers; Funeral Rites; Humans; Male; Optic Neuritis; Patient Compliance; Patient Discharge; Risk Assessment; Treatment Outcome

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