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Duty of Health Care Providers

Posted on:9/27/2012
Respect for persons means to respect that each person is a human being with full human rights.


Respect for persons means to respect that each person is a human being with full human rights. That means he or she has a right to be fully informed about all things involving his or her care, his or her body, or things being done to his or his body (if you're pregnant, you also have the right to know about everything that affects the fetus you're carrying), and to make his or her own decisions about care based on accurate information.

 

A health-care provider has a duty to respect your personhood, wishes, bodily integrity, and health-care preferences. So information, counseling, and informed consent are all crucial aspects of care, which support this principle. Sometimes your preferences conflict with other ethical duties of health-care practitioners. For example, in cases where you are refusing clearly beneficial therapy and harm will come to you if you refuse treatment, your health-care provider has a duty to intervene so that you are not harmed unnecessarily.

 

If you refuse a certain treatment or procedure after being fully informed of all of the risks and benefits of that procedure, but your health-care provider cannot force you or coerce you into having the procedure anyway, which does not respect your choice. However, if harm will come to you without a particular therapy, your doctor may have an ethical duty to intervene.


  
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