Maximizing patient autonomy to improve outcomes

Lucy A Stephenson, Stefan J Wagner, Derek Bolton

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The term autonomy is frequently used in ethical debates and taken for granted as a desirable value in medical practice. However, there is little consensus about what this term actually means, and it is also used differently within various disciplines. The previous article in this series (Stephenson et al, 2012) reviewed the concept of autonomy within philosophical tradition and historical context. This second article discusses the varieties of autonomy within clinical interaction and factors affecting the optimization of patient autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C14-16
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2013


  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Paternalism
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Self Care


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