11th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference – The Delicate Triangle: Responsibilities and Challenges in the Provider-Patient-Parent Relationship

July 24–25, 2015, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle

Pediatric medicine can be an emotionally charged endeavor. Healthcare providers often find themselves in the middle of the complex bonds that connect parents and children. Granted, the core concepts of confidentiality, informed consent and respect for persons are foundational in medical care. Applying these basics of clinical ethics becomes more complicated in a fast-moving, technology-driven society – prompting difficult questions:

  • What do you do when parents insist on shielding their child from a diagnosis?
  • Are there communication techniques that increase vaccination rates? If so, when does persuasion in the clinical context become manipulation or coercion?
  • How do we avoid “implicit bias” in our language and treatment of families from different religious or ethnic groups?
  • How and when do we inform the patient and parents when genetic testing reveals an incidental finding that has unclear implications?

Join a distinguished group of bioethicists as we spend two days exploring these and other complex questions, through presentations and discussions that will be both challenging and illuminating.

Seattle Children’s Pediatric Bioethics Conference has earned a global reputation for excellence, bringing together keen minds and divergent perspectives. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a rewarding and educational experience. 

2015 Conference Planning Committee

  • Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
  • Kathy Fennell, RN, MPH, MBA
  • Kathie Kohorn, MA
  • Douglas Opel, MD, MPH
  • Benjamin Wilfond, MD