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Title: About time: how time influences and facilitates patient autonomy in the clinical encounter.
Authors: Paton, Alexis
First Published: 8-Jan-2019
Publisher: Springer (part of Springer Nature) for Centre for Human Bioethics
Citation: Monash Bioethics Review, 2018, 36 (1-4), pp. 68-85
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s40592-018-0089-7
ISSN: 1321-2753
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2019. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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