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dc.creatorGutridge, Kerryen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-18T17:40:20Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-18T17:40:20Zen
dc.date.created2010-02en
dc.date.issued2010-02en
dc.identifierdoi:10.1007/s11017-010-9135-zen
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationTheoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2010 February; 31(1): 79-92en
dc.identifier.urihttp://worldcatlibraries.org/registry/gateway?version=1.0&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&atitle=Safer+self-injury+or+assisted+self-harm?&title=Theoretical+Medicine+and+Bioethics+&volume=31&issue=1&date=2010-02&au=Gutridge,+Kerryen
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11017-010-9135-zen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/1040174en
dc.description.abstractPsychiatric patients may try (or express a desire) to injure themselves in hospital in order to cope with overwhelming emotional pain. Some health care practitioners and patients propose allowing a controlled amount of self-injury to occur in inpatient facilities, so as to prevent escalation of distress. Is this approach an example of professional assistance with harm? Or, is the approach more likely to minimise harm, by ensuring safer self-injury? In this article, I argue that health care practitioners who use harm-minimisation can be considered to be helping physical injury to occur, although they do not encourage the act. I consider why there are compelling reasons to believe that a patient who self-injures is not maximally autonomous in relation to that choice. However, I then move onto argue that allowing a degree of self-injury may enable engagement with psychotherapy (enhancing autonomy) and behavioural change. In these circumstances, allowing injury (with precautions) may not be harm, all things considered.en
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dc.sourceeweb:330363en
dc.subjectAutonomyen
dc.subjectHarmen
dc.subjectHealthen
dc.subjectHealth Careen
dc.subjectPainen
dc.subjectPatientsen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subject.classificationNeurosciences and Mental Health Therapiesen
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophy of the Health Professionsen
dc.subject.classificationHealth Care for Particular Diseases or Groupsen
dc.titleSafer Self-Injury or Assisted Self-Harm?en
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