The 'Right' Not to Know
Ost, David E.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1984 Aug; 9(3): 301-312.
The author rejects, as inconsistent with ethical theory, the view that a patient's right to be informed entails a correlative right to waive this right. He argues that informed consent is a mandatory right of an autonomous agent which carries with it the obligation to be exercised. Ost concludes that a physician who withholds information out of compassion is acting humanely, but that a humanistic value orientation requires that the physician do what he can to help the patient make autonomous decisions. (KIE abstract)
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