The moral agency of institutions: effectively using expert nurses to support patient autonomy

  title={The moral agency of institutions: effectively using expert nurses to support patient autonomy},
  author={S. Charles},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  pages={506 - 509}
  • S. Charles
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
Patient autonomy—with an emphasis on informed consent and the right to refuse treatment—is a cornerstone of modern bioethics. Within discussions about patient autonomy, feminist bioethicists have argued for a relational approach to autonomy. Under a relational framework, we must look beyond the individual moment of choice to include the role relationships and specific contexts can play in supporting or undermining autonomy. Given the day-to-day interactions they have with patients, nurses play… Expand


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