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Who should have the final say about a child's medical treatment - doctors or parents?
Parents, by virtue of their relationship with their children, are capable of making better decisions on their behalf than doctors are.
A health care professional’s clinical bias may affect that person’s decision making in terms of assessing the quality of life for others.
Parents are motivated by the sole desire to do what is best for their children.
Parents can account for crucial factors affecting this decision that doctors are not privy to.
Doctors have to deal with many patients, and may not be able to dedicate the time or energy to develop a comprehensive understanding of an individual child's medical history.
Parents struggle to balance influences such as the opinions of community members, prior knowledge, stress resulting from changes in the child's health status etc.
The close relationship between a child and parent can
make it hard for parents to decide objectively
what is best for a child.
Just because parents are well motivated does not mean that they are able to accurately tell what is in the best interest of their children.
Doctors who have seen many children react to certain treatment may be
better placed to judge
how a child will cope than a parent potentially facing this decision for the first time.