Ethics in Clinical Practice
The physician-patient relationship is based on several sequential and interlocking principles that guide the process by which decision-making occurs. If everything is going well, these processes are hardly noticed; but in difficult situations and times of crisis it is important to be able to structure one’s response and actions on the basis of accepted principles and guidelines. The process of medical decision-making is grounded in the ethical principles of truth-telling, informed consent, autonomy, professionalism, competence, and confidentiality.
KeywordsAdvance Directive Health Care Decision Voluntary Euthanasia Incapacitate Patient Health Care Proxy
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