Clinical Ethics Committee Case 13: Should the school doctor contact the mother of a 17-year-old girl who has expressed suicidal thoughts?

Molewijk, Bert; Ahlzen, Rolf
March 2011
Clinical Ethics;2011, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study from Sweden on the obligation of a school doctor to contact the mother a 17-year old girl due having suicidal thoughts. The school doctor was skeptical about informing the troubled student's parent of her suicidal thoughts due to the mother-daughter relationship, Swedish law, and the student's behavior. The school doctor's decision making was analyzed based on the issues of morality.


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