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Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(4):351-352. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.351


Medical Decision and Patient's Preference: 'Much Ethics' and More Trust Always Needed

Dimitrios Anyfantakis1✉, Emmanouil K Symvoulakis2

1. Primary Health Care Center of Kissamos, Chania, Crete, Greece
2. Blood Donation Department, University General Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece


There is much discussion on medical ethics literature regarding the importance of the patients' right for self-determination. We discuss some of the limitations of patient's autonomy with the aim to draw attention to the ethical complexity of medical decision making in the everyday clinical practice.

Keywords: autonomy, informed consent, medical decision making

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How to cite this article:
Anyfantakis D, Symvoulakis EK. Medical Decision and Patient's Preference: 'Much Ethics' and More Trust Always Needed. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(4):351-352. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.351. Available from