Relational autonomy: moving beyond the limits of isolated individualism.

@article{Walter2014RelationalAM,
  title={Relational autonomy: moving beyond the limits of isolated individualism.},
  author={Jennifer K. Walter and Lainie Friedman Ross},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2014},
  volume={133 Suppl 1},
  pages={
          S16-23
        }
}
Although clinicians may value respecting a patient's or surrogate's autonomy in decision-making, it is not always clear how to proceed in clinical practice. The confusion results, in part, from which conception of autonomy is used to guide ethical practice. Reliance on an individualistic conception such as the "in-control agent" model prioritizes self-sufficiency in decision-making and highlights a decision-maker's capacity to have reason transcend one's emotional experience. An alternative… CONTINUE READING

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