Age of autonomyBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2648 (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2648
- Karla Hemming, senior research fellow1
- 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
Does 7 being the age of autonomy always benefit the child?1 Not all children will demonstrate this capability so young, and so the person who decides whether a child is autonomous is important. Usually it is the consulting doctor, who may have never met the child before the consultation.
In a recent episode of Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4, 7 April 2010), a child …