Philosophical Reflections on a Rational Treatment Plan
Thomasma, David C.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1986 May; 11(2): 157-165.
The notion of rationality in medicine is examined in its scientific, consensual, and moral senses. A "rational" treatment plan is held to be a conglomerate of appropriate judgments based on scientific facts, statistical data, standards of medical care about which there is a collegial consensus, preferential indications made by patients or their guardians, the relationship between preferential indications and medical indications, the burdens/benefits calculus, and the ethical principle of beneficence. (KIE abstract)
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Beneficence; Consensus; Decision Making; Ethics; Guardians; Life; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patients; Philosophy; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Quality of Life; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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