Parental autonomy and consent to treatment


BridgetTaylor Community Health care, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 OBP, England.


Parental autonomy and consent to treatment ¶This paper discusses the principle of autonomy in relation to minors and considers the complexities of parental responsibility regarding consent to treatment. The author considers the case of a child with leukaemia and draws on her own experiences as a parent to highlight the ethical dilemmas for health care professionals who may be in a position to support parents in consenting to treatment on behalf of their child.