Physician-Patient Decision-Making: A Study in Medical Ethics

Hardcover | October 1, 1985

byDouglas N. Walton

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Walton offers a comprehensive, flexible model for physician-patient decision making, the first such tool designed to be applied at the level of each particular case. Based on Aristotelian "practical reasoning," it develops a method of reasonable dialogue, a question- and-answer process of interaction leading to informed consent on the part of the patient, and to a decision--mutually arrived at--reflecting both high medical standards and the patient's felt needs. After setting forth his model, he applies it to three vital ethical issues: acts of omission, the cessation of treatment, and possible side effects of treatments. In the final chapter, Walton shows how his method functions in light of the real-life complexities of the clinical encounter and how it bears on ethical questions concerning health-care policy, attitudes toward treatment and toward the medical profession, reasonableness of expectations, and the setting of realistic goals of treatment.

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Walton offers a comprehensive, flexible model for physician-patient decision making, the first such tool designed to be applied at the level of each particular case. Based on Aristotelian "practical reasoning," it develops a method of reasonable dialogue, a question- and-answer process of interaction leading to informed consent on the ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:265 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1985Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313248885

ISBN - 13:9780313248887

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