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Should a Physician Comply with a Parent's Demands for a Forensic Exam on a 16-Year-Old Trauma Patient?

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Title
Should a Physician Comply with a Parent's Demands for a Forensic Exam on a 16-Year-Old Trauma Patient?
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AMA Journal of Ethics, January 2018
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.1.ecas2-1801
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Abstract

Physicians must remain vigilant about their ethical duties to patients, especially in high-stakes situations. The question raised by this case-whether a physician should comply with a parent's demand for treatment against her underage child's wishes-is not one of life or death in which a guardian might more credibly argue her judgment should stand. Given that forcing a rape kit exam on a patient who refuses to give assent could be further traumatizing, we argue that the physician should not comply. Deciding upon a course of action in this situation will involve considering what is in the patient's best interest and what constitutes a physician's appropriate role in gathering evidence for criminal investigations.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 5 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 3 60%
Student > Master 1 20%
Other 1 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 1 20%
Psychology 1 20%
Social Sciences 1 20%
Materials Science 1 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 20%
Other 0 0%