Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Woods
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This paper argues that the concept of best interests in the context of clinical decisions draws on concepts rooted in the philosophical discipline of axiology. Reflection on the philosophical origins enables a distinction to be drawn between those interests related to clinical goals and those global interests that are axiological in nature. The implication of this distinction is most clearly seen in the context of end of life decisions and it is argued here that greater weight ought to be given to the positive requests, and not merely competent refusals, of patients at the end of life. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Author(s): Woods S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Health Care Analysis
ISSN (print): 1065-3058
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3394
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