When a family requests a white doctor

Kimberly Reynolds, John D. Cowden, Jeffrey P Brosco, John D. Lantos

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Abstract

Parents sometimes request that a doctor of a particular race or ethnic group abstract not care for their child. Such requests sometimes seem legitimate and other times seem offensive. The difference reflects a clash of fundamental values. Generally, we try to respect patient or parental preferences. Requests based on racist attitudes, however, do not seem worthy of respect. But where should we draw the line? In this ethics rounds, we present a situation in which parents requested a white doctor and analyze the ways in which doctors might think about and respond to such a request.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalPediatrics
Volume136
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

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When a family requests a white doctor. / Reynolds, Kimberly; Cowden, John D.; Brosco, Jeffrey P; Lantos, John D.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 136, No. 2, 01.08.2015, p. 381-386.

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Reynolds, Kimberly ; Cowden, John D. ; Brosco, Jeffrey P ; Lantos, John D. / When a family requests a white doctor. In: Pediatrics. 2015 ; Vol. 136, No. 2. pp. 381-386.
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