Obstetrics & gynaecology

CDC: Self-administered subcutaneous DMPA should be made available

(HealthDay)—Self-administered subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC) should be made available as an additional approach for contraception, according to research published in the May 21 issue of the U.S. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Is coronavirus treatment fair? Not in an unequal society

An important notion underlying most clinical and ethical pandemic guidance worldwide is the concept of fairness; whether this is the question of how to make decisions to allocate limited health resources or the need for ethical ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Should physicians rethink terms used to describe kidney health?

Results from a new study indicate a need to reconsider certain medical terms and phrases that clinicians use when communicating with patients who have kidney disease. More patient-focused terminology may improve patient autonomy, ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Improving well-being in nursing homes

Residential care facilities and nursing homes are not widely regarded as appealing places to live or work. In both professional practice and research, the emphasis is often on reducing negative aspects such as the heavy workload ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Strong sense of self? You're more open to casual sex

From what we pick from the menu to what gadget we buy, how we see ourselves influences many of our daily choices. But could sense of self also sway how quickly we'll jump into bed with someone?

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Autonomy

Autonomy (Ancient Greek: αὐτονομία autonomia from αὐτόνομος autonomos from αὐτο- auto- "self" + νόμος nomos, "law" "one who gives oneself their own law") is a concept found in moral, political and bioethical philosophy. Within these contexts, it refers to the capacity of a rational individual to make an informed, un-coerced decision. In moral and political philosophy, autonomy is often used as the basis for determining moral responsibility for one's actions. One of the best known philosophical theories of autonomy was developed by Kant. In medicine, respect for the autonomy of patients is an important goal of deontology, though it can conflict with a competing ethical principle, namely beneficence. Autonomy is also used to refer to the self-government of the people.

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