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Diekema Lab

The Diekema Lab’s current research projects focus on ethical issues involving children in the clinical, research and policy environment with a focus on clinical and research decision-making and vaccine hesitancy.

Highlighted Publications

  1. Diekema DS. Parental Refusals of Medical Treatment: The Harm Principle as Threshold for State Intervention. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2004; 25(4): 243-264. PMID: 15637945
  2. Diekema DS. Improving Childhood Vaccination Rates. New England Journal of Medicine 2012; 366(5): 391-393. PMID: 22296072.
  3. Diekema DS. Rhetoric, Persuasion, Compulsion and the Stubborn Problem of Vaccine Hesitancy. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2022;65(1):106-123.
  4. Diekema DS. Adolescent Brain Development and Medical Decision-making. Pediatrics 2020;146(2, Supplement 1):S18-24 (e20200818F). doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-0818F.
  5. Diekema DS, Mercurio MR, & Adam MB, eds. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

View a full list of Dr. Diekema's publications on MyBibliography.

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Contact Us

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

For questions or inquiries,
call: 206-884-8355.

Physical Address

1900 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Mailing Address

1900 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101