Conscientious autonomy: Displacing decisions in health care

Hastings Center Report 35 (2):34-44 (2005)
: The standard bioethics account is that respecting patient autonomy means ensuring patients make their own decisions. In fact, respecting patient autonomy often has more to do with the overall shape and meaning of patients' health care regimes, and sometimes, at least, patients will very reasonably defer to medical authority
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DOI 10.1353/hcr.2005.0025
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Richard H. Dees (2007). Health Literacy and Autonomy. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (11):22 – 23.

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