Sometimes you and your child’s healthcare team must make very difficult decisions about your child's treatment plan. You may need to make a decision that involves your personal values or spiritual beliefs. These decisions, called "ethical dilemmas", can be stressful, frightening and confusing.
When faced with an ethical dilemma, a person must think about how to act and make choices based on their morals – their beliefs about right and wrong. A person's values and their beliefs about life, death, health and suffering help to make these choices. In many situations, it's not easy to choose what is best for your child because there may be multiple “right” choices, or because you disagree with others about what is “right.” Other times, it may feel like there are no good options, and it is difficult to find the most helpful and healing direction for care.
When you face an ethical dilemma concerning your child's care, our Ethics Advisory Board is here to help.
The Ethics Advisory Board accepts requests for consultation from anyone with an interest in the wellbeing of the child. This includes members of Lurie Children’s staff as well as the patient or any family member of the patient.
When requesting a consultation, you must identify yourself to the ethics consultant, so that we can stay in contact and continue to support you throughout the process of consultation. Under limited circumstances, the Ethics Advisory Board may be able to conduct a consultation without identifying the person who requested the consult, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Some types of decisions with which the Ethical Advisory Board can help:
No. Any child cared for by a physician affiliated with Lurie Children’s can receive an ethics consult.
You are welcome to reach out to the on-call ethics consultant. He or she can help figure out if your concern is ethical in nature, and if not, direct you to the appropriate person to help.
Advanced Practice Nurse, Otolaryngology