REACH – Pediatric Decision Making Call for Proposals

Welcome to REACH: Reflections on Ethics and Advocacy in Child Health a new quarterly section in The Journal of Pediatrics focused on ethical controversies in pediatric health, broadly understood to include clinical care, research, and the social determinants of health. The section will address the limits of parental authority and the evolving role of the maturing child in health care decision-making, health disparities, and ethical and equity issues in pediatric training, translational research, and professionalism.

The structure of the REACH section will be to publish companion manuscripts linked to a topic. Both empirical and conceptual articles will be solicited. Calls for papers on a theme will be widely distributed. Co-authorship between scientists and ethicists and between junior and senior researchers is encouraged. Researchers with suggestions for REACH topics and authors should send their ideas to Section Editors Lainie Ross at [email protected] and Mary Ott at [email protected].

We are now soliciting statements of interest for manuscripts on the pediatric decision making. We are interested in better understanding the ethical issues that arise in pediatric decision making within any aspect of the doctor-parent-patient relationship. This can include (but is not limited to) discussions about shared decision making, the impact of patient centered care rounds on decision-making, how to address situations in which parents want to exclude their maturing child from the process to situations in which providers may exclude parents from the decision-making process. Theoretical and empirical projects addressing “best interest” standard and “zone of parental discretion” also fit within this theme. We are open to a range of manuscript types, including quantitative and qualitative research, case studies, and conceptual manuscripts.

Please send a 1-page statement of interest and abstract to The Journal of Pediatrics’ Editorial Office at [email protected] that includes the following information:

  • Title of proposed manuscript
  • Author(s) full name(s), highest academic degree(s), and affiliation(s)
  • Sources of financial assistance and/or or potential conflicts of interest
  • Structured abstract (for empirical projects) or unstructured abstract (for conceptual papers)

The deadline to submit a one page abstract is November 19, 2021. The Section Editors will review the abstracts and select three (3) proposals to submit a full manuscript by February 9, 2022. All full manuscript submissions will undergo peer review.