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The four principles of bioethics described by Beauchamp and Childress are beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, and autonomy. Two definitions of autonomy are very commonly used: rational autonomy, which refers to a patient making decisions based on their own beliefs and customs, and relational autonomy, which refers to shared decision making with the input of a patient’s close trusted individuals. Beauchamp and Childress described autonomous actions as those with intention, understanding, and lack of controlling factors. A fourth component that is sometimes included is authenticity, or making decisions true to one’s self. The primary goal of this study is to determine whether a trend exists for the inclusion of authenticity in rational or relational autonomy. A secondary goal is to determine whether a trend exists with the use of autonomy and the highest degree of the authors.
Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Pediatrics
Daniel J, Brummett A, Navin M, Wasserman J. Concern for authenticity in rational and relational autonomy. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2023 May; Rochester Hills, MI.