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Informing Children about Medical Procedures: Why, Who, What and When

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Lauren Mednick PhD


Dr. Mednick shares tips, from her practice as a child psychologist and from research, on how to talk with children during the informed consent process. 

Suggested Further Reading: 

  1. Miller, Victoria A., et al. Children’s Competence for Assent and Consent: A Review of Empirical Findings. ETHICS & BEHAVIOR, 2004;14(3):255-95. Available at:
  2. Kain, Zeev N., et al. Preoperative anxiety, postoperative pain, and behavioral recovery in young children undergoing surgery. Pediatrics. 2006;118(2):651-8. Available at: 

Initial publication: June 23, 2017.

Topics: Ethics