More children are being brought to pediatricians for nonurgent care by adults who are not their legal guardians. What can a pediatrician do to reduce his or her risk of liability when treating children with "consent by proxy"?
In its first-ever guidance on non-pharmacological interventions for pediatric mental health disorders, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides guidance, as well as a roadmap for future advocacy work.
A follow-up trial conducted 6 years after the conclusion of a randomized controlled trial of early intervention in autism spectrum disorder demonstrated that the intervention had a long-term effect on autism symptoms and continued effects on parent and child social interaction.
Given the crucial role pediatricians play in the health of children and in the US healthcare system in general, it is vitally important that pediatric practices understand what the actual legal obligations and risks are for providing pediatric services.
Pediatricians are often asked questions by parents about the effect of environmental exposures on the health of their children. Although some environmental exposures can be detrimental to children’s health, not all are despite the often erroneous claims made by the media.