Patient autonomy and the politics of professional relationships

Authors

  • Carl May BScEcon PhD

    1. Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Department of General Practice, University of Liverpool, Whelan Building, PO Box 147, Liverpool L69 3BX, England
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Abstract

Debate in the health care professions about the politics of interpersonal relationships between professionals and their patients or clients is increasingly organized around proxy measures of the quality of professional services such as patient satisfaction, or the extent to which the provision of care avoids routines and is genuinely individualized This paper explores some of the problems which arise from this in relation to patients' autonomy and nurses' authority

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