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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
SJR: 0.123

ISSN Imprimer: 2151-805X
ISSN En ligne: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2015013217
pages 107-115

Patients Are From Mars, Doctors Are From Venus: Patients Prefer Placebos and Paternalism; Doctors Don't

Isabella Guajardo
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94121

RÉSUMÉ

Current medical ethics, law, and education all emphasize patient empowerment and shared decision making as a means of avoiding paternalism. But what if doctors are paternalistically deciding that patients may not choose paternalism by forcing them to be involved when they would rather just feel better and leave it to the professionals? Two separate surveys were administered to a cross section of adult Americans through Amazon's Mechanical Turk to measure attitudes toward paternalism in various scenarios. This review discusses the results of these surveys and how they may be implemented in order to better understand how to interact with patients in medical settings.


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