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1. the ability to function in an independent fashion.
2. in bioethics, self-determination that is free from both controlling interferences by others and personal limitations preventing meaningful choice (such as inadequate understanding or faulty reasoning). Having the capacity to act with autonomy does not guarantee that a person will actually do so with full understanding and without external controlling influences. adj., adj auton´omous.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]
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An individual’s right to self-determination.
The ability of an individual to exercise his or her rights, have choices respected, remain independent and be involved in his or her own care decisions.

Ethical principle of individual self-determination.
Vox populi
The personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices and act without undue influence or interference from others.
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Vox populi Personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices, and act without undue influence or interference of others. See Functional autonomy, Physician autonomy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


nursing A patient's personal independence; of being self-governing.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about autonomy

Q. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently? I have a friend who is staying as a paying guest and is being taken care of by all our family members. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?

A. I am very much moved by your deeds.

• Many people with autism do flourish and go on to hold responsible jobs and live independently. Others have the intellectual abilities to be employed but are held back by their inability to adapt socially to the stresses of everyday life.

• The focus of every intervention program for the person with autism should be to work on helping them adapt to living in society. Their quality of life and ability to function is far more important than how they do on an I.Q. test.

Q. Where should i go when i feel down and lonely? is there like an independence way to lift my spirit?

A. I spend a lot of time in "my room". It has a window to look out and a comfortable chair to sit and think in. I can shut the door to get real quiet. I can read and study things. Reading gets my mind off of down feelings. There is also a time for going out walking. It frees my mind. When I come back I seem to have a new perspective on things. Sometimes I go and sit out in the woods for awhile where I live. I like listening to the birds and nature sounds. Its nice to see clouds going by in the sky or the stars at night. If something's really bothering you, call on someone you can trust and talk it out. Just find that activity that suits you best and get busy at it.

Q. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism and I look out for information on raising a child with autism. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. I need help.

A. Hi there. Mellou here. I have a 19 yr old son that has autism. Yes I believe that children can be taught to live a independant life. My son attends a Independant Living Center to learn how to be self sufficiate and so far he is learning alot. It is just taking awhile for him to get at it and do it.
Hope this helps you hon. Good luck

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References in periodicals archive ?
"Pilkades, Otonomi, dan Kemandirian Desa", Kompas, 15 August 2007, p.
Otonomi konusunda burokratik tutarliligin devami on goren yazar, "yerlesiklik" bazindaki toplum iliskilerini tekrar kurguluyor.
Hubungan kewenangan antara pemerintah pusat dan daerah dalam otonomi daerah di Indonesia: Peluang, kendala, dan implikasi.
(4.) 'DPRD Sulsel Harus Perjuangkan Otonomi Daerah', Pedoman Rakyat, 22 May 1998.
Bu hareket, 1970 yili itibariyla olumlu bir sonuca ulasmis ve Irak'in kuzeyinde Erbil merkezli otonom bir yapinin olusturulacagina dair bir antlasma imzalanmis olmasina karsin, (43) Bagdat yonetiminin, Iran ile isbirligi yaptiklari gerekcesiyle, Irak Ordusu'nu Kurtlerin uzerine gondermesi neticesinde bu otonomi girisimi 1974 yili itibariyla sonlanmistir.
* Degerlendirme; Olcekte her bir madde 0-4 arasinda puanlanmaktadir Yuksek olcek puani daha iyi yasam kalitesini ifade etmektedir Kidscreen-52[23] * Fiziksel ve psikososyal iyilik hali, ruh hali ve duygular, benlik algisi, otonomi, ebeveyn iliskileri ve ev yasami, sosyal destek ve akranlar, okul ortami, sosyal kabul/zorbalik, finansal kaynaklar * Ravens-Sieberer ve ark.
Nitekim hegemon ulkede devlet ile iktidardaki tarihsel blogun iliskilerinde, birinciye sosyal kuvvetler karsisinda goreli bir otonomi taniyan Cox, devletin bir butun halinde hakim sinifin ekonomik projesiyle uyumlu faaliyet gostermekle birlikte, bu sinifin unsurlarinin ozel cikarlarina cevap vermedigini dusunmektedir.
cocuk sahibi olma durumu, otonomi, kisisel degerler, tukenmislik, yasam kalitesi, liderlik davranisi olarak belirtilmektedir.
Siyasi otonomi ile kastedilen "ordunun, hukumetin anayasal iktidari uzerinde ve otesinde davranmasidir".
Karagozoglu ve Kangalli'nin [31] calismasinda yonetici hemsirelerin gorevlerini yerine getirirken otonomi bakimindan yetersiz olduklari bildirilmektedir.
Soz konusu analizi Tarihsel Sosyoloji yaklasimi cercevesinde yapan yazar, bu surecler boyunca devlete dis ve ic ge lismelerde ikincil ya da edilgen bir rol degil "belli" bir "otonomi" atfetmistir.
Boylece, meslegin gelismesi icin itici guc ve otonomi meslek uyelerinin kendileri tarafindan saglanmis olmaktadir.