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Yavari N, Parsapoor A. The Domain of Autonomy, Limitations and Solutions. ijme. 2017; 10 (1) :182-197
URL: http://ijme.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5863-en.html
1- PhD Candidate Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Assistant Professor Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , : aliparsa@tums.ac.ir
Abstract:   (329 Views)
Increasing attention to individual liberties in last decades, has led to considering respect to patients autonomy and involvement in making medical decisions as a critical ethical principle. In spite of a general emphasis on the Importance of the mentioned principle, there is a wide controversy about the logical limitations of respect to patients' wishes and preferences in medical decision making. While a significant number of theoreticians believe in necessity of considering rigid limitations for respect to patients' autonomy, others emphasize on respect to patients' absolute and unconditional right of self-determination. This article explains and analyzes each group's main arguments and finally suggests a functional and logical approach to the principle. This method helps avoidance of disadvantages of unconditional respect to patients' preferences while considering autonomy as an important ethical maxim.
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Type of Study: review | Subject: اخلاق پزشکی
Received: 2017/01/26 | Accepted: 2018/01/21 | Published: 2018/03/17

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