Bioethics for clinicians

4. Voluntariness

Edward Etchells, Gilbert Sharpe, Mary Jane Dykeman, Eric M. Meslin, Peter A. Singer

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Abstract

In the context of consent, 'volutariness' refers to a patients right to make health care choices free of any undue influence. However, a patient's freedom to make choices can be compromised by internal factors such as pain and by external factors such as force, coercion and manipulation. In exceptional circumstances - for example, involuntary admission to hospital - patients may be denied their freedom of choice; in such circumstances the least restrictive means possible of managing the patient should always be preferred. Clinicians can minimize the impact of controlling factors on patients' decisions by promoting awareness of available choices, inviting questions and ensuring that decisions are based on an adequate, unbiased disclosure of the relevant information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1083-1086
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Medical Association Journal
Volume155
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Etchells, E., Sharpe, G., Dykeman, M. J., Meslin, E. M., & Singer, P. A. (1996). Bioethics for clinicians: 4. Voluntariness. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 155(8), 1083-1086.

Bioethics for clinicians : 4. Voluntariness. / Etchells, Edward; Sharpe, Gilbert; Dykeman, Mary Jane; Meslin, Eric M.; Singer, Peter A.

In: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Vol. 155, No. 8, 1996, p. 1083-1086.

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Etchells, E, Sharpe, G, Dykeman, MJ, Meslin, EM & Singer, PA 1996, 'Bioethics for clinicians: 4. Voluntariness', Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 155, no. 8, pp. 1083-1086.
Etchells E, Sharpe G, Dykeman MJ, Meslin EM, Singer PA. Bioethics for clinicians: 4. Voluntariness. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1996;155(8):1083-1086.
Etchells, Edward ; Sharpe, Gilbert ; Dykeman, Mary Jane ; Meslin, Eric M. ; Singer, Peter A. / Bioethics for clinicians : 4. Voluntariness. In: Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1996 ; Vol. 155, No. 8. pp. 1083-1086.
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