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Georgian Med News. 2013 Dec;(225):87-93.

Pediatric bioethics in Georgia: a proposed ethical framework.

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  • Tbilisi State Medical University, Clinical Skills Center Georgia; McGill University Clinical Ethicist, Montreal Children's Hospital Montreal, Canada.


The aim of the article is to propose an ethical framework for the medical care of children in Georgia. We review Georgian ethical standards relating to pediatric medicine, in relation to the standards that are widely recognized in Western Europe and North America. This review highlights areas in which Georgian standards are already in line with Western standards as well as areas where there may be gaps or discrepancies. We highlight a number of important Georgian innovations, recognizing that Georgia has been a sovereign state for only a little more than twenty years and so has had little time to develop a fully comprehensive system of medical ethical standards. This analysis provides a foundation for identifying priorities for the development of ethical standards in Georgian pediatric medicine, according to Georgian beliefs and values relating to the medical care of children.

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