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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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LEDESMA, Fernanda et al. Experience of an Ethics Committee of a pediatric reference hospital. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2015, vol.113, n.1, pp.42-45. ISSN 0325-0075.

Since 1960, there has been a growing interest in the complexity of the ethical problems posed by medical practice. Ever since then, many ethical theories have attempted to support bioethics, setting the necessary grounds for decision making process. The aim of this article is to briefly present the history and working of a pediatric hospital's Assistance Ethics Committee, as well as its evolution from the very beginning. Throughout the Committee's career, progressive changes were made in the way of working. During its first years, the fulfillment of certain formalities was demanded when presenting patients, but this was modified overtime towards a less rigid and more reflexive and pluralistic presentation. Regarding our Ethics Committee, deliberation is the main and most valuable tool in the search for the best option when dealing with harsh and problematic cases that are presented.

Keywords : Ethics Committee; Deliberation; Recommendations.

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