autonomy


autonomy
n.
self-determination, or the freedom to behave in ways that accord with one's own values and objectives. Respect for the autonomy of the patient is one of the four principles of medical ethics. In practice, this usually takes the form of disclosing all necessary information and seeking consent for treatment or research. The question of when, if ever, it may be legitimate to override a patient's wishes in pursuit of his or her best interests is one of the most difficult in medical ethics (see paternalism). For doctors, autonomy involves reflective practice and the attempt to follow their own principles consistently and confidently.
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autonomous adj.

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