AAP Policy Statements

This list includes some AAP policies, clinical or technical reports and statements which may be of interest to pediatricians who are interested in ethical issues. It is not intended to be comprehensive but you may use the AAP Policy Finder to search for other policies. The dates, although not comprehensive, indicate publication, revision or retirement.  The retired ones are marked as such. The order is alphabetical by title.

AAP Principles Concerning Retail-Based Clinics, Retail-Based Clinic Policy Work Group – 2006, 2011

AAP Principles Concerning Retail-Based Clinics, Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine  2014

The Adolescent's Right to Confidential Care When Considering Abortion
- 1996

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Medical Malpractice
- 2006

Antenatal Counseling Regarding Resuscitation at an Extremely Low Gestational Age
– 2009

Appropriate Boundaries in the Pediatrician-Family-Patient Relationship - 1999, updated in 2009
See Pediatrician-Family-Patient Relationships: Managing the Boundaries

Care of the Adolescent Sexual Assault Victim
- 2008

Chemical-Biological Terrorism and Its Impact on Children
- 2006

Child Abuse, Confidentiality and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
 – 2009, 2014

Child Fatality Review – 2010, 2014

The Child in Court: A Subject Review – 1999, 2014

Children as Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors
- 2010

Children, Adolescents, and the Media - 2013

Circumcision Policy Statement - 2012

Communicating With Children and Families: From Everyday Interactions to Skill in Conveying
Distressing Information
– 2008, 2011

Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care
- 1989 & 1993

Conflicts between Religious or Spiritual Beliefs and Pediatric Care: Informed Refusal, Exemptions, and Public Funding. --2013

A Consensus Statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with Special Care Needs - 2002

Consent by Proxy for Nonurgent Pediatric Care – 2003, revised in 2010

Consent for Emergency Medical Services for Children and Adolescents
– 1993, 2003, 2011

Considerations Related to the Use of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone in Children - 1997

Contraception and Adolescents
– 1999 & 2007 revision

Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation
- 2007

Corporal Punishment in School - 2006

Counseling Families Who Choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Their Child With Chronic Illness or Disability - 2001, 2010  

Death of a Child in the Emergency Room
– 2005, 2009 , 2013

Death of a Child in the Emergency Department: Joint Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians - 2002, 2006, 2009, 2013

Death of a Child in the Emergency Department- Technical Report – 2014

Disclosure Status of Illness to Children and Adolescents with HIV Infection - 2005, 2008, reaffirmed 2012

Documenting Parental Refusal to have their children vaccinated  - 2013

Ethical and Policy Issues in Genetic Testing and Screening of Children (Policy Statement) - 2013

Ethical and Policy Issues in Genetic Testing and Screening of Children (Technical Report) - 2013

Ethical Controversies in Organ Donation After Circulatory Death - 2013

Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders for Pediatric Patients Who Require Anesthesia and Surgery - 2004, 2008, 2012

Emergency Contraception
- 2005, replaced

Emergency Contraception - 2012

Emergency Contraception: Addendum – 2014

Emergency Information Forms and Emergency Preparedness for Children with Special Health Care Needs - 2010

Ensuring Culturally Effective Pediatric Care: Implications for Education and Health Policy
- 1999, 2008

Ethical Considerations in Research with Socially Identifiable Populations - 2004, 2008, 2013

Ethical Issues with Genetic Testing in Pediatrics - 2001, 2005, 2008

Ethics and the Care of Critically Ill Infants and Children - 1996

Expert Witness Participation in Civil and Criminal Proceedings
- 2009

Failure to Thrive as a Manifestation of Child Abuse
– 2005, 2008

Female Genital Mutilation – 1998, revised 2010, retired 2010

Fetal Therapy-Ethical Considerations
- retired 2007

Forgoing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment in Abused Children - 2000, 2007

Forgoing Medically Provided Nutrition and Hydration in Children
- 2009, 2014

Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Studies to Evaluate Drugs in Pediatric Populations - 2005, revised in 2010, 2014

Guidelines for Expert Witness Testimony in Medical Malpractice Litigation
- 2002, 2012

Guidelines on Forgoing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment - 2004, 2008, 2012

Health Equity and Children’s Rights – 2010, 2013

Helping Children and Families Deal with Divorce and Separation
- 2002

High-Deductible Health Plans and the New Risks of Consumer-Driven Health Insurance Products - 2007

Honoring Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation Requests in Schools
- 2000, 2010, reaffirmed 2013

HPV Vaccine Recommendations - 2007, 2012

Human Embryo Research
- 2001, 2005, 2009

Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) and Human Embryo Research - 2012

Increasing Immunization Coverage
– 2010

Infants with Anencephaly as Organ Sources: Ethical Considerations
- retired 2009

Informed Consent, Parental Permission, and Assent in Pediatric Practice
- 1995, 1997, 2007, 2011

The Initiation or Withdrawal of Treatment for High-Risk Newborns - 2007

Institutional Ethics Committees – 2004, 2012

Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Pediatrician - 2010

Introduction to the Newborn Screening Fact Sheets - 2006

Minors as Living Solid-Organ Donors
- 2008, 2011

Newborn Screening Expands: Recommendations for Pediatricians and Medical Homes - Implications
for the System
- 2008

Nondiscrimination in Pediatric Health Care
– 2001 & 2007 revision

Noninitiation or Withdrawal of Intensive Care for High Risk Newborns - 2007

Office-Based Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth - 2013 (policy statement)

Office-Based Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth - 2013 (technical report)

Off-Label Use of Drugs in Children – 2014

Palliative Care for Children - 2000, 2007, 2012

Patient & Family Centered Care of Children in the Emergency Department
- 2008

Patient Safety in the Pediatric Emergency Care Setting
- 2007

Pediatric Organ Donation and Transplantation - 2002, 2008, revised 2010, 2014

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Care Commitments, Guidelines, and Recommendations - 2013

The Pediatrician and Childhood Bereavement - 2000, 2004

The Pediatrician and Disaster Preparedness
- 2006, 2010, 2013

Pediatrician-Family-Patient Relationships: Managing the Boundaries - 2009

The Pediatricians Role in Child Maltreatment Prevention – 2010

Perinatal Care at the Threshold of Viability - 2002

Physician Refusal to Provide Information or Treatment on the Basis of Claims of Conscience
- 2009, 2014

Planned Home Birth: Upholding the Best Interests of Children and Families - 2013

Planning for Children Whose Parents are Dying of HIV/AIDS
- 1999, 2005, retired 2012

Preservation of Fertility in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients with Cancer – 2008

Prevention and Management of Pain in the Neonate: An Update – 2006, 2010

Prevention of Medication Errors in the Pediatric Inpatient Setting
- reaffirmed 2007

Prevention of Human Papillomavirus Infection: Provisional Recommendations for Immunization of Females with Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine - 2007

Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workforce and Educational Setting - 2009, 2012

Principles of Child Health Care Financing
- 2003, revised 2010, 2013

Privacy Protection of Health Information: Patient Rights and Pediatrician Responsibilities
- retired 2006

Professional Liability Coverage for Residents and Fellows
- 2000

Professionalism in Pediatrics - 2007, 2011

Professionalism in Pediatrics: Statement of Principles
– 2007, 2011

Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian -  2013

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse by Health Care Providers
- 2011

Providing care for immigrant, migrant, and border children - 2013

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Health and Health Care of Children - 2010, reaffirmed 2013

Recognizing and Responding to Medical Neglect - 2007

Recommendations for Mandatory Influenza Immunization of All Health Care Personnel – 2010

Reducing the Risk of HIV Infection Associated with Illicit Drug Use - 2006

Religious Objections to Medical Care - 1997, 2007, & 2009

Responding to Parental Refusals of Immunization of Children
- 2005, 2008, 2013
The 2013 reaffirmation includes 1 change in wording, as follows: In the section “Responding to Parents Who Refuse Immunization for Their Children,” sixth paragraph, the fifth sentence should read “In general, pediatricians should endeavor not to discharge patients from their practices solely because a parent refuses to immunize a child.”

Role of Pediatricians in Advocating Life Support Training Courses for Parents and the Public - 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013

Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors – 1998, revised 2010, retired 2010

Role of Schools in Combating Illicit Substance Abuse - 2007

SCHIP Achievements, Challenges and Policy Recommendations - 2007

Scope of Health Care Benefits for Children From Birth Through Age 21 - 2006

Standards for Health Information Technology to Ensure Adolescent Privacy - 2012

Sterilization of Minors With Developmental Disabilities - 1999, 2007, 2009, retired 2012

Supporting the family after the death of a child - 2012

Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents - 2006, revised 2014

Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents (Clinical Report) - 2014

Toward Transparent Clinical Policies
- 2008

Underinsurance of Adolescents: Recommendations for Improved Coverage of Preventive, Reproductive, and
Behavioral Health Care Services
- 2009

The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatrics (Clinical Report) - 2008, 2012

When Is Lack of Supervision Neglect?
- 2006

Withholding or Termination of Resuscitation in Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest - 2014

 

 

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