Patient Choices, Family Interests, and Physician Obligations
Mappes, Thomas A.
Zembaty, Jane S.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1994 Mar; 4(1): 27-46.
Recent articles in biomedical ethics have begun to explore both the relevance of family interests in treatment decisions and the resultant ramifications for physicians' obligations to patients. This article addresses two important questions regarding physicians' obligations vis-a-vis family interests: (1) What should a physician do when the exercise of patient autonomy threatens to negate the patient's moral obligations to other family members? (2) Does respect for patient autonomy typically require efforts on the part of physicians to keep patients' treatment decisions from being influenced by family considerations? A series of clarifications about the concept of autonomy is also presented.
Altruism; Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethics; Case Studies; Coercion; Common Good; Competence; Conflict of Interest; Conscience; Counseling; Consent; Decision Making; Dissent; Economics; Ethical Analysis; Ethicists; Ethics; Family Members; Family Relationship; Freedom; Informed Consent; Moral Obligations; Moral Policy; Paternalism; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Treatment Refusal; Values;
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