Respecting Patient Autonomy

Overview

Anyone who has entered a doctor's office has seen how imbalances in power, knowledge, and social and professional roles can interfere with health care, especially with patients' autonomy in making decisions about their own medical treatment.

How should medical decisions be reached? What role should ethical principles play in making such decisions? What are the implications of respecting patients' autonomous decisions? In pursuit of answers to these fundamental questions, ...

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Overview

Anyone who has entered a doctor's office has seen how imbalances in power, knowledge, and social and professional roles can interfere with health care, especially with patients' autonomy in making decisions about their own medical treatment.

How should medical decisions be reached? What role should ethical principles play in making such decisions? What are the implications of respecting patients' autonomous decisions? In pursuit of answers to these fundamental questions, Benjamin H Levi provides a model for respecting personal autonomy and demonstrates how adult patients should be treated by health care providers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252067495
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Setup 1
2 Background 15
3 Characterizing Autonomy 34
4 Kinds of Autonomy 44
5 The Future of Autonomy 83
6 Appreciating Autonomy 113
7 The Landscape of Autonomy 127
8 A Brief Assessment of the Model 175
Afterword: Dialogues Examined 181
Notes 187
Bibliography 205
Index 219
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