Telling the truth to seriously ill children

  • Professor Lynn Gillam
    Project Leader

Project Details

This project investigates the approaches that doctors and parents take in giving information to young children who have serious medical conditions. Ethical and clinical guidelines agree that even young children should be given open, accurate and honest information in a developmentally appropriate way. However there is evidence to suggest that doctors find this a challenging and uncertain area, and that children do not receive open communication. This project aims to understand the multiple factors influencing the real-life decisions of doctors and parents about what and when to tell a child; to undertake a practical ethical analysis; and produce practical guidelines and educational resources for parents and doctors.


Professor Lynn Gillam

A/Prof Clare Delany

Maria McCarthy, The Royal Children's Hospital


ARC DP DP170102906


Funding Amount


Research Group

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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