Mediation in the medical field. Is neutral intervention possible?

Hastings Cent Rep. Sep-Oct 1999;29(5):6-13.


Neutrality is held to be the touchstone of good mediation. True neutrality is elusive, however, and probably not even desirable, at least when applied to patient-provider disputes over medical care. In this context, mediators should not posture as "neutrals"; they should strive instead to protect their clients' autonomy.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Confidentiality / psychology
  • Disclosure
  • Dissent and Disputes*
  • Ethicists*
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Moral Obligations
  • Negotiating / psychology*
  • Personal Autonomy*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians / psychology
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Professional Role*
  • Social Values