2018 Conference: When Cultures Clash: Navigating Ethical Disagreements Related to Diversity

2018 ConferenceThe Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics hosted its 14th annual conference July 20–21, 2018. The conference featured local and national experts in bioethics and diversity. Speakers addressed a wide range of ethical questions, including: 

  • What factors should be considered in deciding whether to respect a parent’s refusal to consent to important medical treatment?
  • When is it appropriate to withhold a diagnosis from a child or adolescent at the parent’s request?
  • Should a family’s request to see a healthcare provider of a different gender or race be respected?
  • How can healthcare providers balance respect for the beliefs of others while disagreeing with their decisions?
  • Is there a limit to how far a healthcare provider should go to accommodate the needs of those from differing cultures or religions?
  • Should cultural practices that cause small amounts of pain or harm to children be tolerated or reported as child abuse? 

Videos of presentations, along with speaker biographies, are now available.