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In bioethics, the principle of respect for autonomy is widely understood as the principle that health care professionals have an obligation to respect patients’ autonomous choices and decisions about their own health care. Respect for autonomy is a core principle of bioethics, underpinning requirements of informed consent to medical treatment and participation in medical research. It is also of central concern in a number of other areas in bioethics, such as in debates about reproductive choice and end of life decisionmaking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge companion to bioethics
EditorsJohn D. Arras, Elizabeth Fenton, Rebecca Kukla
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781136644849
ISBN (Print)9780415896665
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameRoutledge philosophy companions


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