Journal Article: Ethical Concerns When Minors Act as Standardized Patients

Lead Author: Erwin Jiayuan Khoo, MRCPCH, MBBS
Submitted by: Dan Brown, Emory University School of Medicine

Unique ethical concerns arise when using minors as standardized patients. In this article, the four authors each take a turn discussing the ethical implications of a particular case wherein a 6-year-old boy in Indonesia was used for two days of SP work. Each author also discusses principles at large, generally agreeing that standards need to be established and upheld when hiring child SPs, borrowing from established standards in research or film. They argue that considerations need to be made for the child’s benefit-to-burden balance, ability to revoke assent, potential trauma, and preference for active participation.

Read the full article in Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

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