An Extravagant Gift From a Grateful Patient

Pediatrics. 2018 Jun;141(6):e20172837. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-2837. Epub 2018 May 4.


media-1vid110.1542/5787668327001PEDS-VA_2017-2837Video AbstractGift giving is psychologically and culturally complex. In any context, a gift can have multiple meanings. In the context of the doctor-patient relationship, the giving of gifts and decisions about whether to accept gifts raise complex ethical issues. In this essay, a number of pediatric oncologists discuss the ethical considerations that should guide physicians as they decide how to respond to an extravagant gift from a family.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Female
  • Gift Giving / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations*