Master of Arts (MA)
Ethics and Policy Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Medical informed consent has been governed by the principle of autonomy. How autonomy is conceived and codified has led to current understanding and behavior expectations in healthcare decisionmaKing It has become obvious that the consequences for those who do not share the dominant view are potentially problematic; This thesis begins with a consideration of some of the ethical problems encountered within the current framework of informed consent. It traces the historical development of informed consent as a philosophical and legal concept with multidimensional influences. An analysis of the autonomy paradigm based in a concept of liberal individualism is presented. This is then contrasted with a relationship-centered care perspective as an alternate moral framework for healthcare decisionmaKing Finally, a redefined notion of autonomy and reconception of roles and relationships that considers a relational normative framework within informed consent is proposed as a more inclusive, individual focused model for healthcare decisionmaKing
Autonomy; Consent; Informed; Reframing
Philosophy; Health services administration; Medical sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Dalinis, Pamela M, "Reframing autonomy in informed consent" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3233.