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The ethics of surrogate decision making in medicine : autonomy, paternalism, or a different approach?

Milnes, Sharyn 2009, The ethics of surrogate decision making in medicine : autonomy, paternalism, or a different approach?, Australian Anaesthesia, pp. 151-153.

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Title The ethics of surrogate decision making in medicine : autonomy, paternalism, or a different approach?
Author(s) Milnes, Sharyn
Journal name Australian Anaesthesia
Start page 151
End page 153
Publisher Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1032-2515
Summary Knowing who to involve in treatment decisions when a patient is incapacitated has been the subject of discussion in bioethical, health law and clinical research. The major issues tend to revolve around the tension between exercising a degree of medical paternalism and respecting patient autonomy. Patients are encouraged to exert their autonomy even when they may not be capable of doing so, by means of surrogate consent or advanced directives. While liberal concepts of autonomy are exemplified in western bioethics and legal systems, clinically these decisions remain difficult, and input from medical professionals is sought, raising the issue of paternalism. A framework of bioethics, which places the patient in a relational context rather than a strictly autonomous one, may be a more helpful way of deliberating these difficult decisions
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024592

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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