patient autonomy

patient autonomy

Medical ethics The right of a Pt to have his/her carefully considered choices for health care carried out in a fashion that is consonant with his or her personal philosophy; PA also assumes that, in absence of explicit instructions to the contrary, the most aggressive efforts should be made to resuscitate a Pt in extremis. See Code. Cf Medical paternalism, Slow code.

patient autonomy

The right of an informed patient to choose to accept or refuse therapy.
See: advance directive; informed consent; living will; quality of life
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Proponents argue that respect for patient autonomy should take priority, even if by respecting autonomy the end result is death.
Patient autonomy [4] concerning payment of fees requires doctors to respect the freedom of patients to decide what form of payment they wish to use or whether they can afford it.
Right to die with dignity is also a part of the right to liberty," said Kamal Jaiswal of Common Cause, which filed a petition in the SC asking for a law on the lines of the Patient Autonomy and Self- determination Act of the US, which allows living wills.
Guidelines that have been proposed for the management of secondary findings from genomic studies have been controversial because of the potential of limiting patient autonomy (13).
I cannot help relating the complexity of the issues of patient autonomy to John Donne's poem "No Man is an Island".
If prenatal diagnosis is performed, the principle of patient autonomy requires that all medically relevant information generated from fetal tests be passed along to the parent or parents," the AMA declared.
By removing medical services that are keeping a patient alive, withdrawal of life support impacts patient autonomy in the most fundamental way," McLachlin wrote.
Nurses may not act with the sole intent of ending a patient's life even though such action may be motivated by compassion, respect for patient autonomy and quality of life considerations (ANA, 2001).
Should they be forced to do what they consider to be violations of the patient's well being, or does patient autonomy always trump the conscience of a health care professional?
He maintains that while there is no significant difference in symptom remission, non-pharmaceutical treatments offer additional benefits, since they enhance patient autonomy.
Participants learned strategies to communicate with families to promote patient autonomy, dignity and quality of life for this very difficult time.
They argue that the ACMG approach raises ethical questions, posing a threat to patient autonomy, and that it also has economic ramifications: "It is unclear whether payers will cover the cost of predictive testing," the authors say, noting that "laboratories are unlikely to bear the increased cost themselves.

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