The Role Of Autonomy In Healthcare

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Autonomy is when patients have the right to make decisions about their medical care without a health and social care professional trying to influence the decision. (Medicine net) For example, gaining consent or informal agreement of the patient before any treatment takes place. The principle may at times cause problems when patients exercise their autonomy by refusing life-saving treatments. Another barrier to patient autonomy is if one is being forced into a decision. However, these issues are often hard to detect. For example, a young woman visits the GP for a termination and if the doctor has concerns about coercion, showing good partnership and practice the doctor may talk to the patient until the doctor is assured that the decision is
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