Paternalism in nursing and healthcare: central issues and their relation to theory.

  title={Paternalism in nursing and healthcare: central issues and their relation to theory.},
  author={William K Cody},
  journal={Nursing science quarterly},
  volume={16 4},
Paternalistic practices, wherein providers confer a treatment or service upon a person or persons without their consent, ostensibly by reason of their limited autonomy or diminished capacity, are widespread in healthcare and in societies around the world. In the United States, paternalism in health and human services is widespread and probably increasing with newly emergent forms. Numerous issues surround paternalistic practices. In this column, the author examines these issues in relation to… CONTINUE READING

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