The capacity of patients to make decisions in health: attitude and Meaning for physicians and lawyers

  • Gladys Bórquez Estefo Universidad de Chile.
  • Nina Horwitz Campos Universidad de Chile
  • Ilse López Bravo Universidad de Chile
  • Gina Raineri Bernain Universidad de Chile

Abstract

The objective of this article is to examine the attitudes of a group of physicians and lawyers that practice in Santiago, Chile toward the application of a protocol which evaluates the capacity of patients to make autonomous health decisions. The responses were grouped in four dimensions: assessment, feasibility, acceptance and usefulness. The Wilocoxon rank-sum test was applied to evaluate the distribution significance of value differences. The results revealed a globally positive assessment of lawyers and physicians to the pertinence and usefulness of standardization of procedures. The physicians emphasized the practical aspects and the lawyers, protection of patient autonomy and human rights. Consideration of the opinions of medical and legal actors is indispensable when a civic bioethics is founded in ethical dialogue.

Author Biographies

Médico. Profesora Departamento de Bioética y Humanidades Médicas, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Socióloga. Profesora Departamento de Bioética y Humanidades Médicas, Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Licenciada en Estadísticas de Salud. Profesora Departamento Educación en Ciencias de la Salud, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Abogado y Enfermera. Profesora Departamento de Bioética y Humanidades Médicas, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Keywords capacity, competence, informed consent, attitude, values, differential semantics, qualitative investigation,
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Bórquez Estefo, G., Horwitz Campos, N., López Bravo, I., & Raineri Bernain, G. (2008). The capacity of patients to make decisions in health: attitude and Meaning for physicians and lawyers. Acta Bioethica, 14(2). Retrieved from https://actabioethica.uchile.cl/index.php/AB/article/view/16485/17146
Published
2008-01-01