Physician Obligation to Inform Families About Alternatives They Consider Unethical: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Palliative Care
Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Lecture
Commentator: Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Case Presenters: Mark Lewin, MD, and Gordon Cohen, MD, PhD, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Drs. Feudtner, Lewin and Cohen discuss the challenges that emerge when the community of providers have different and strong opinions about the benefit of innovative surgical interventions.. Using the example of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, they explore when physicians should discuss options that they personally believe are wrong, but that other doctors think are much better.