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Patient choice and consent

Fiona Randall and R. S. Downie

in End of Life Choices

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547333
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0001
Patient choice and consent

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This chapter examines patient choice and consent and its current status in clinical decision-making in end of life care. The findings indicate that the idea of patient choice can exist comfortably in the consensus view of health care and a stress on choice is simply a stress on the patient's right to choose between treatment options offered in the process of joint decision-making. This chapter also suggests the possibility of providing an end of life care service run on consumerist lines.

Keywords: patient choice; patient consent; clinical decisions; consumerism; health care

Chapter.  8867 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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