The Friendship Model of Physician/patient Relationship and Patient Autonomy
Illingworth, Patricia M.L.
Bioethics. 1988 Jan; 2(1): 23-36.
A model of the physician patient relationship based on friendship is evaluated in terms of how it serves the interests of patients. The author maintains that this model violates the autonomy of patients who do not want to be friends with their physicians and also diminishes the autonomy of those who seek friendship with their physicians because such a desire is based on "psychological oppression," that is, the "internalization of intimations of inferiority." Ilingworth concludes that an autonomy enhancing model would be one that is open-ended, that accommodates individual patient preferences, and that embraces patient participation. (KIE abstract)
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