Patient's Rights to Autonomy

Patient’s Right to Autonomy

  • What the physician believes is best for the patient may not be what the patient believes is best
  • Respect for the patient’s right to autonomy compels the physician to approach such differences with “sensitivity and avoid deceit, manipulation, arrogance or hard line authoritarianism”
  • If a physician feels that the refusal of blood is in conflict with their moral obligation to preserve life, they are ethically justified in transferring the patient’s care to another physician or facility

For more information please contact our 24-hour hotline at (800) 977-7989.

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