About time: how time influences and facilitates patient autonomy in the clinical encounter


In this article I discuss the little examined relationship between time and patient autonomy. Using the findings from a study on the experience of premenopausal cancer patients making fertility preservation decisions during their treatment, I focus on how the patients in the study understood time, and how this understanding interacted with and influenced their decision-making. I then analyse in more depth the importance of time in patient decision-making, and the relationship of time to concepts of patient autonomy and decision-making in the field of bioethics more generally. Focusing on the relational conception of autonomy, I conclude that time is an integral part of patient autonomy which warrants further research, such that it can be better integrated into concepts of patient autonomy, and the policy and guidelines that they inform and influence.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40592-018-0089-7
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
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Published Date: 2019-01-08
Accepted Date: 2019-01-01
Authors: Paton, Alexis (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4310-6983)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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