alexa Saving Life or Trumping Autonomy? A Question for Health
ISSN: 2155-9627

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
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Saving Life or Trumping Autonomy? A Question for Health Care Providers

Sobia Idrees1* and Wais Mohammad Qarani2

1College of Nursing, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University PIMS, Islamabad, Pakistan

2French Medical Institute for Children, Kabul

*Corresponding Author:
Sobia Idrees
College of Nursing
Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University PIMS
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: 923330533141
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 01, 2015 Accepted date: August 27, 2015 Published date: September 02, 2015

Citation: Idrees S (2015) Saving Life or Trumping Autonomy? A Question for Health Care Providers. J Clinic Res Bioet 6:235. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000235

Copyright: © 2015, Idrees S. 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.



With technological advancement, health care is becoming complex for the individuals and meeting individual expectations have become a great challenge for Health Care Providers (HCP). Health care providers face ethical dilemma in everyday situation for taking decision for patient’ better health outcomes. The aim of this paper is to highlight the controversy between giving patients’ autonomy in taking independent decisions and health care professionals’ expertise to breach patient autonomy in order to save a patient’s life and to provide maximum benefits to the patient. Moreover, this paper also highlights the significance of culturally sensitive care in health care setting. Research shows that in most of the situations, HCPs take decision in view of their expertise in the medical field. However, on many occasions, both HCP and patients are not satisfied with the decisions that are taken in the best interest of the patient.


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