Patient and physician autonomy: conflicting rights and obligations in the physician-patient relationship

J Contemp Health Law Policy. Spring 1994;10:47-68.


In sum, beneficence and autonomy must be mutually re-enforcing if the patient's good is to be served, if the physician's ability to serve that good is not to be compromised, and if the physician's moral claim to autonomy and the integrity of the whole enterprise of medical ethics are to be respected.

MeSH terms

  • Beneficence*
  • Complicity
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Disclosure
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Moral Obligations*
  • Parental Consent
  • Paternalism
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Personal Autonomy*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Professional Autonomy*
  • Social Values
  • United States
  • Value of Life
  • Virtues