Hewitt-Taylor, J., 2003. Issues involved in promoting patient autonomy in health care. British Journal of Nursing, 12 (22), pp. 1323-1330.
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Respecting patient autonomy is a central part of the Royal College of Nursing's definition of nursing (RCN, 2003). Although autonomy is a fundamental ethical principle in health care, it stands alongside the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence and justice (Wilmot, 2003), and these principles may be interpreted differently by individuals and professional groups. In seeking to promote patient autonomy, it is therefore necessary for nurses to consider how these principles interlink, and to understand the potentially differing interpretations that they may encounter in practice. This article sets out to address these issues and suggests that facilitating patient autonomy includes engaging in debates which include uncertainties, considering the resource implications of patient autonomy and the responsibilities that patients have themselves. It also identifies that nurses who aim to promote patient autonomy and holistic decision making need to be able to facilitate discussion that may include questioning the dominant biomedical view of health. This will be problematic if nurses do not themselves feel empowered or autonomous.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||18 Dec 2007|
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