Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a relatively rare behavioral disorder affecting a child's primary caregiver, typically the mother. Ethical dilemmas that physicians may face in such situations mainly concern the medical options for best protecting the child's welfare, that are important, in clinical pediatric practice, because critical conflicts might arise between health professionals and parents. In such cases, the physician's primary obligation is to protect the children involved, whose family environment may be essential to their wellbeing. Every ethical choice should be tailored to a given child's story, which should be viewed as a whole, considering the possible consequences for the family balance, and taking the complexity of the emotional and psychological dimensions of children's relationship with their parents into account.Specific protocols, discussion of clinical cases, open communication of feelings will help doctors to deal more effectively with the families involved and ensure that treatment decisions are made in the child's best interest.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: balancing ethical and clinical challenges for healthcare professionals Ethical consideration in factitious disorders

Tozzo Pamela;Mario Picozzi;CAENAZZO, LUCIANA
2018

Abstract

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a relatively rare behavioral disorder affecting a child's primary caregiver, typically the mother. Ethical dilemmas that physicians may face in such situations mainly concern the medical options for best protecting the child's welfare, that are important, in clinical pediatric practice, because critical conflicts might arise between health professionals and parents. In such cases, the physician's primary obligation is to protect the children involved, whose family environment may be essential to their wellbeing. Every ethical choice should be tailored to a given child's story, which should be viewed as a whole, considering the possible consequences for the family balance, and taking the complexity of the emotional and psychological dimensions of children's relationship with their parents into account.Specific protocols, discussion of clinical cases, open communication of feelings will help doctors to deal more effectively with the families involved and ensure that treatment decisions are made in the child's best interest.
Caregiver fabricated illness; Child abuse; Child’s best interest; Clinical ethics; Munchausen syndrome by proxy;
Tozzo, Pamela; Picozzi, Mario; Caenazzo, Luciana
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