Patients’ Responsibilities in Medical Ethics

  title={Patients’ Responsibilities in Medical Ethics},
  author={Zhuang Fengqing},
  journal={Philosophy study},
  • Zhuang Fengqing
  • Published 28 September 2016
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Philosophy study
There has been a shift from the general presumption that “doctor knows best” to a heightened respect for patient autonomy. Medical ethics remains one-sided, however. It tends (incorrectly) to interpret patient autonomy as mere participation in decisions, rather than a willingness to take the consequences. In this respect, medical ethics remains largely paternalistic, requiring doctors to protect patients from the consequences of their decisions. This is reflected in a one-sided account of… 
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