Parents and medical professionals: conflict, cooperation, and best interests

Med Law Rev. 2012 Winter;20(1):29-44. doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwr037.


Abstract This paper seeks to engage with the ideas expressed by Professor Brazier in her commentary on the Charlotte Wyatt case and to develop contemporary analysis around parental rights, notions of best interests, and shared decision-making between parents and professionals. The article begins by setting the scene in relation to parental/professional conflict and frames the discussion in the context of medical decision-making. Parental rights are then explored before the analysis progresses to how the concept of best interests has recently developed. Finally, the article investigates the benefits of compromise, cooperation, and shared decision-making as the most effective method for resolving disputes concerning children.

MeSH terms

  • Child Care*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Decision Making
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Parents*
  • Professional-Family Relations