Ethical Counselling for a Patient-Centred Approach in the Context of Psychosomatic Medicine

  • Giovanni BonioloEmail author
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


There is an increasing demand for help whenever ethical problems intersect clinical decisions, in particular decisions within psychosomatic medicine. In this chapter, we show how an ethical counselling centred on the needs and on the biographies of the patients could ameliorate their decisional process concerning which clinical option should be pursued. And, of course, the ethical counselling approach we propose does not diminish patient autonomy but, actually, increases patient empowerment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Chirurgico SpecialisticheUniversità di FerraraFerraraItaly

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