[What is patient autonomy?]

Soins Gerontol. 2016 Nov-Dec;21(122):14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.sger.2016.09.005.
[Article in French]


What does patient autonomy mean? If an autonomous choice is defined as an objective and rational choice, is the doctor's prescription not always the best route? Our contemporary democracies are marked by moral and religious pluralism which obliges society to respect a multiplicity of choices of existence. Three levels are important in terms of autonomy: a range of intellectual capacities, freedom with regard to constraints (external and internal), the capacity to be in control of one's existence.

Keywords: author; autonomie; autonomy; capacity; capacité; ethics; freedom; liberté; éthique.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Choice Behavior
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency
  • Patient Rights*
  • Personal Autonomy*