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Ethical Analysis of Taiwanese Psychiatric Patient's Autonomy: By Jonsen's Decision Making Model and Confucianism

MeiHsiu Lee*

Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Central University. Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

*Corresponding Author:
MeiHsiu Lee, MS
Graduate Institute of Philosophy
National Central University
Room 43, 9F., No. 225, Shihjian Rd.
Jhongli City, Taoyuan, County 320, Taiwan
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 10, 2012; Accepted date: October 18, 2012; Published date: October 27, 2012

Citation: Lee M (2012) Ethical Analysis of Taiwanese Psychiatric Patient’s Autonomy: By Jonsen’s Decision Making Model and Confucianism. J Clinic Res Bioeth 3:139. doi:10.4172/2155-9627.1000139

Copyright: © 2012 Lee M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The autonomy of psychiatric patients has been a popular issue worthy of debate. Because of the cultural background of Taiwan, families often become involved in the autonomous implementation of psychiatric patients, resulting in ethical dilemmas. Regarding medical indications, psychiatric patients can implement autonomy when their decisions do not violate the goals of medical care. The implementation of patient autonomy is respectful not only to patient preferences but also their humanity. For patients, quality of life is subjective; respecting quality of life from patient preferences conforms to the principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence and autonomy. Regarding medical decision making, treatment decisions can affect the interest of families. Taiwanese are affected by Confucianism, which emphasizes the importance of family relations and the intimacy between patients and their families. Therefore, families play an essential role in clinical decision making. This study explores the ethical autonomy of Taiwanese psychiatric patients via Jonsen’s decision making model and the perspective of Confucianism to determine whether Jonsen’s ethical decision making model is adaptive in Taiwanese society.


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