ACOG Committee Opinion. Surgery and patient choice: the ethics of decision making

Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Nov;102(5 Pt 1):1101-6. doi: 10.1016/j.obstetgynecol.2003.09.030.


The purpose of this Committee Opinion is to provide the obstetrician-gynecologist with an approach to decision making based on ethics in an environment of increased patient information, recognition of patient autonomy, direct-to-consumer marketing, and many alternative or investigational treatments. A process for ethical decision making in surgery is discussed, illustrated by an example of elective cesarean delivery.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making / ethics*
  • Ethics, Clinical*
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / surgery*
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Obstetric Surgical Procedures / ethics*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / surgery*
  • United States