Patient autonomy and responsibilities within the patient–doctor partnership
Two sides of the same unequal coin?
in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare
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This chapter asks whether the language and idea of the doctor-patient partnership, which embraces the notion of patient autonomy, is one which also places responsibilities on patients as well as on healthcare providers.

This chapter outlines the duties and responsibilities of doctors and the development of the understanding of the doctor-patient relationship as one of partnership. It analyses the implications of this, looking at the legal responsibilities of the autonomous patient in the context of an action for medical negligence.


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