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Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish HealthcareConfronting complexities$
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Mary Donnelly and Claire Murray

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099465

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.001.0001

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Patient autonomy and responsibilities within the patient–doctor partnership

Patient autonomy and responsibilities within the patient–doctor partnership

two sides of the same unequal coin?

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(p.84) 6 Patient autonomy and responsibilities within the patient–doctor partnership
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Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish Healthcare
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Asim A. Sheikh

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.003.0007

This chapter asks whether the language and idea of the doctor-patient partnership, which embraces the notion of patient autonomy, is one which also places responsibilities on patients as well as on healthcare providers. This chapter outlines the duties and responsibilities of doctors and the development of the understanding of the doctor-patient relationship as one of partnership. It analyses the implications of this, looking at the legal responsibilities of the autonomous patient in the context of an action for medical negligence.

Keywords:   Autonomy, Doctor-patient partnership, Responsibilities, Medical negligence

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