Ethical Dimensions of the Physician-Patient Relationship

  • Andrew Jameton


The ethical aspects of the physician-patient relationship are shaped by such factors as the medical tasks at hand, the understanding or implicit contract between a physician and patient, the expectations that both physician and patient have of medical care, the social and institutional background of medical practice, and the personal and professional values that physicians and patients bring to the interaction. In this chapter, we will focus on four related aspects of the physician-patient relationship: 1) Autonomy and paternalism; 2) Truth-telling and disclosure; 3) Adherence to medical regimen; and 4) Problem patients. Underlying all four of these are questions about who should make decisions regarding therapy and whose evaluations of health, illness, and the quality of therapy should govern health care.


Elderly Person Ethical Dimension Patient Choice Full Disclosure Problem Patient 
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