Orthopaedic Ethics 5: Patient Autonomy

The principal of respecting a patient's autonomy has become the cornerstone of modern health care in the United States. In the past, medicine has been practiced in a paternalistic fashion.

Module content created by Paul Levin, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning objectives for this Activity:

Define patient autonomy

Define limits, if any, to patient autonomy

 Identify physician alternatives if patient does not accept treatment plan 

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