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Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationship and the Ethics Committee: Part One

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 July 2009

David C. Thomasma
Director of the Medical Humanities Program, Loyola University of Chicago Medical Center


Models of the doctor-patient relationship determine which value will predominate in the interaction of the parties. That value then significantly colors and even sometimers alters the nature of the ethical discussion. For example, if an institution predominately prides it-self on its competitive posture, ethical issues arising therein will necessarily be colored by entrepreurial rather than deontological ethics. By contrast, a physician who underlines patient decision making will tend to place autonomy first above all other principles, casting that relationship in a libertarian tone.

From the Annual Congress of Healthcare Ethics Committees
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1992

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