Ethical Decision Making for Infants and Children With Dysphagia “Ethics is the discipline that provides a systematic approach for understanding and examining the nature of morality with the intent of promoting the overall welfare of the Community” (Lefton-Greif & Arved-son, 1997, p. 79). The focus of this column is on the ethical decision-making process in infants and children ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Ethical Decision Making for Infants and Children With Dysphagia
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  • Maureen Lefton-Greif
    John Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, MD
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
Ethical Decision Making for Infants and Children With Dysphagia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 27-30. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.27-a
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 27-30. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.27-a
“Ethics is the discipline that provides a systematic approach for understanding and examining the nature of morality with the intent of promoting the overall welfare of the Community” (Lefton-Greif & Arved-son, 1997, p. 79). The focus of this column is on the ethical decision-making process in infants and children with swallowing disorders.
A profession’s standards of care are determined by its overseeing professional organization and state licensure laws (O’Toole, 2000). ASHA, as the self-regulatory organization for speech-language pathologists, establishes entry levels of competencies and provides a code of ethics (ASHA, 2000). Clinicians are bound by this code of ethics.
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