CHE Completion Seminar 27-Aug-2015: Appearance-altering facial surgery on children: An empirically informed ethical analysis

9:30-10.30am, Thu 27th August 2015
Meeting Room 2.001/2.002, University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, 2nd  Floor West, Royal Children’s Hospital

Lauren Notini:  PhD Candidate

Lauren’s thesis investigates the ethics of appearance-altering paediatric facial surgeries (PFS) performed for cosmetic and/or psychosocial reasons.  Although some PFS have attracted controversy in the ethics literature, little is known about surgeons’ practices and decision-making processes in this area. As part of this project, Lauren interviewed 22 surgeons to investigate how they make decisions about the ethical appropriateness of performing PFS and justify their decisions in ethical terms. She combines this new empirical data with established paediatric bioethical principles and concepts to answer the research question “how should surgeons make decisions regarding PFS?” and make recommendations for clinical practice.

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