Doctor-patient relationship: elderly's rights


  • Melba Barrantes-Monge Oficina de Información Médica de la Dirección de Regulación Sanitaria, Ministerio de Salud
  • Eduardo Rodríguez Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Bioética (CIEB), Universidad de Chile
  • Alexis Lama Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Aging suffers prejudices against it. Even among professionals who practice gerontology. A dangerous and common one is to consider that all the elderly are sick or unable.
The relationship doctor-patient is the key stone both for medical practice and ethics. In order to achieve respect for the elderly a wise medicine is necessary, based upon a practice where ethical and clinical reflection may contribute. The latter is possible if the elderly's rights are respected, especially as patients when having to make decisions.


bioethics, geriatrics, elderly, informed consent