A response to the open peer commentaries on “patient and citizen participation in health: the need for improved ethical support"

Laura Williamson

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    Abstract

    In my target article “Patient and Citizen Participation in Health: The Need for Improved Ethical Support” (Williamson 2014) I argued that to fulfill the promise many see in participation it is important to provide appropriate ethical support for such diverse initiatives. I questioned the adequacy of contemporary health ethics to respond routinely to the challenges presented by participation initiatives in a convincing, beneficial manner. More specifically, I argued that the interrelational nature of even the most individually focused forms of participation (patient-centered care) is not well served by readings of autonomy that prioritize noninterference or a focus on individual consumer choice. Similarly, public involvement efforts that require even greater social awareness will struggle to thrive in such an ethical environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)W1-W5
    Number of pages5
    JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
    Volume14
    Issue number12
    Early online date4 Nov 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • ethics
    • public engagement
    • patient participation
    • public health
    • ethics

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