Ethics Talk: What Happens When Bad Outcomes Are Unavoidable? Strategies for Communicating Iatrogenic Consequences in Pediatrics


Sometimes, life-saving treatments have serious negative consequences. This month, AMA Journal of Ethics digital editor Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux discusses strategies for communicating about iatrogenic outcomes with Dr. Robert Nelson, a senior pediatric ethicist with the Food and Drug Administration, with a particular focus on how to enlist parents as allies in high-stress pediatric cases. Later in the episode, we talk with Gigi McMillan, the mother of a pediatric brain tumor survivor who founded We Can, Pediatric Brain Tumor Network, who discusses how networks of peer mentors can help families navigate these painful situations.