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The Duty of the patient to cooperate


Löschke, Jörg (2017). The Duty of the patient to cooperate. In: Sturma, Dieter; Heinrichs, Bert; Honnefelder, Ludger. Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 7-26.

Abstract

In discussing the normative implications of the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics has mostly focused on the duties of doctors to their patients. This focus neglects an important normative dimension of the doctorpatient- relationship, namely the duties of patients to doctors. Only few authors have discussed the content and ground of the moral duties of patients, and each of these accounts are wanting in some way. This paper discusses patients’ duties and argues that patients have a relationship-dependent obligation to cooperate with the doctor, because doctors have a morally justified interest in fulfilling their moral role obligations as doctors, and by not cooperating, patients make it more difficult for doctors to fulfill their moral obligations. In some cases, failing to cooperate might even create an avoidable moral dilemma for the doctor.

Abstract

In discussing the normative implications of the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics has mostly focused on the duties of doctors to their patients. This focus neglects an important normative dimension of the doctorpatient- relationship, namely the duties of patients to doctors. Only few authors have discussed the content and ground of the moral duties of patients, and each of these accounts are wanting in some way. This paper discusses patients’ duties and argues that patients have a relationship-dependent obligation to cooperate with the doctor, because doctors have a morally justified interest in fulfilling their moral role obligations as doctors, and by not cooperating, patients make it more difficult for doctors to fulfill their moral obligations. In some cases, failing to cooperate might even create an avoidable moral dilemma for the doctor.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 January 2017
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 10:22
Last Modified:28 Jul 2020 14:09
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik
Number:21
ISSN:1613-1142
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/jwiet-2017-0103

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