The Conflict between Bioethical and Legal Obligations of a Treating Physician: When Automony, Beneficience and Informed Consent are in Conflict
Bioethics Forum of the Zefat Academic College of Law, 2015
3 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016
Date Written: November 17, 2015
Bio-ethical Principles are envisioned to enhance and foster medical treatment and doctor patient relations. But what happens when bioethical precepts are in conflict with each other and with legal imperatives. This paper raises such an instance in the case where a physician determines that use of a placebo is in the best interest of the patient, resulting in the minimal amount of side effects while treating the patient's condition. Use of placebo, by its very nature, does not allow for either full informed consent or recognition of the patient's right of autonomy.
Keywords: autonomy, justice, beneficience, nonmaleficience, nonmalfeasance, placebo, informed consent
JEL Classification: B31, D81, D82, D83, D84, D91, I10, I12, K13, K32
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