Ethical Principles: An Essential Part of the Process in Disorders of Sex Development Care

  title={Ethical Principles: An Essential Part of the Process in Disorders of Sex Development Care},
  author={Lynn Gillam and Jacqueline K Hewitt and Garry L. Warne},
  journal={Hormone Research in Paediatrics},
  pages={367 - 368}
child. All of these decisions are ethically important, as they all have significant, far-reaching consequences for the infant. The issue is not whether a particular type of decision happens to be controversial at a particular time; it is about making sound, ethically appropriate and justifiable decisions for every patient. That having been said, it is worthwhile to note that issues over genital surgery have not gone away [3] . There is still considerable difference in opinion and practice… Expand
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Ethical Principles for the Management of Children with Disorders of Sex Development: A Systematic Approach for Individual Cases
The Fifth World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights (Halifax Resolutions,, August 2009) adopted aExpand
Ethical Principles for the Management of DSD
The Fifth World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights (“Halifax Resolutions” (2009) from adopted aExpand
Advice on the management of ambiguous genitalia to a young endocrinologist from experienced clinicians.
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Management of disorders of sex development
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A Noncategorical Approach to the Psychosocial Care of Persons with DSD and Their Families
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Hormone replacement in disorders of sex development: Current thinking.
Diagnostic criteria for different DSDs, clinical considerations in management protocols, together with current concepts and detailed practical hormone treatments for male and female individuals with DSD are described. Expand
Normal and Variant Sex Development
Abstract Sex development is the biological pathway for any species to allow reproduction and therefore survival over generations. This has led to highly complex arrangements during evolution to allowExpand
Disorders of Sex Development
After morphological and molecular assessment is complete a management plan is developed by a multidisciplinary team in the tertiary and/or quaternary referral centre. Expand


Ethical Principles for the Management of Infants with Disorders of Sex Development
The ethical principles developed by the Halifax Resolution group were formulated by an analytic review of clinician reasoning in particular cases in relation to established principles of bioethics in a process consistent with the Rawlsian concept of reflective equilibrium as the method for building ethical theory. Expand
From Principles to Process in Disorders of Sex Development Care
The authors have opted to ignore the existing DSD ethics literature in an effort to arrive at principles putatively unburdened by previous ethical engagement, and used a dialogue between an ethicist and two clinicians to articulate their proposed principles. Expand
Surgical options in disorders of sex development (dsd) with ambiguous genitalia.
Current evolutions of surgical techniques of 'feminisation' and 'masculinisation' are described as well as their outcomes. Expand
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline.
Clinical practice guidelines for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) recommend universal newborn screening for severe steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency followed by confirmatory tests and recommend judicious use of medication during pregnancy and in symptomatic patients with nonclassic CAH. Expand
Reflective Equilibrium and Empirical Data: Third Person Moral Experiences in Empirical Medical Ethics
In ethics, the use of empirical data has become more and more popular, leading to a distinct form of applied ethics, namely empirical ethics. This ‘empirical turn’ is especially visible in bioethics.Expand
Reflective Equilibrium and Empirical Data: Third Person Moral Experiences in Empirical Medical Ethics
Examples taken from the research project on understanding the norm of informed consent in the field of pediatric oncology show that incorporation of empirical data in a network model can reduce the risk of self-justification and bias and can increase the credibility of the RE reached. Expand
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