Journal article

Telling the Truth to Child Cancer Patients in COVID-19 Times

Lynn Gillam, Merle Spriggs, Clare Delany, Rachael Conyers, Maria McCarthy

JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

A notable feature of the COVID-19 pandemic is that children are less at risk of becoming infected or, if infected, less likely to become seriously unwell, so ethical discussions have consequently focused on the adult healthcare setting. However, despite a lower risk of children becoming acutely ill with COVID-19, there nevertheless may be significant and potentially sustained effects of COVID-19 on the physical, psychological, and emotional health and well-being of children. Focusing on the context of children's cancer care, and specifically bone marrow transplant (BMT), we describe some of these effects and then address one specific ethical challenge that arises. That is the question of wha..

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