Patient decision making competence: Outlines of a conceptual analysis

@article{Welie2001PatientDM,
  title={Patient decision making competence: Outlines of a conceptual analysis},
  author={Jos V. M. Welie and Sander P K Welie},
  journal={Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy},
  year={2001},
  volume={4},
  pages={127-138}
}
In order to protect patients against medical paternalism, patients have been granted the right to respect of their autonomy. This right is operationalized first and foremost through the phenomenon of informed consent. If the patient withholds consent, medical treatment, including life-saving treatment, may not be provided. However, there is one proviso: The patient must be competent to realize his autonomy and reach a decision about his own care that reflects that autonomy. Since one of the… CONTINUE READING

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