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The U.S. is currently embroiled in a divisive healthcare reform debate. It is therefore important to understand how the principles of reformation might embolden the development of physician-reformers, who are willing to step out as advocates. Martin Luther, who heavily influenced reformers like Martin Luther King, Jr., set the standard for reformation on the singular idea of legitimate authority - rooted in the inestimable worth of the person. Patient-centeredness is that singular truth for healthcare and is the only cure for the incredible shrinking patient, who is being diminished by powers far stronger than it.
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Name: South Dakota medicine : the journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
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The right of the patient or the patient's representative to make decisions with regard to the patient's dying.
Withholding or withdrawal of a particular treatment or treatments, often (but not necessarily) life-prolonging treatment, from a patient or from a research subject as part of a research protocol. The concept is differentiated from REFUSAL TO TREAT, where the emphasis is on the health professional's or health facility's refusal to treat a patient or group of patients when the patient or the patient's representative requests treatment. Withholding of life-prolonging treatment is usually indexed only with EUTHANASIA, PASSIVE, unless the distinction between withholding and withdrawing treatment, or the issue of withholding palliative rather than curative treatment, is discussed.
Fundamental claims of patients, as expressed in statutes, declarations, or generally accepted moral principles. (Bioethics Thesaurus) The term is used for discussions of patient rights as a group of many rights, as in a hospital's posting of a list of patient rights.
Truthful revealing of information, specifically when the information disclosed is likely to be psychologically painful ("bad news") to the recipient (e.g., revelation to a patient or a patient's family of the patient's diagnosis or prognosis) or embarrassing to the teller (e.g., revelation of medical errors).
Active euthanasia of a patient at the patient's request and/or with the patient's consent.
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