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Healthcare Decisions 

Healthcare Decisions
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Healthcare Decisions
Author(s):

Ulrik Kihlbom

and Christian Munthe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190624880.003.0010
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date: 29 May 2020

The aim of this chapter is to outline how different relational aspects of families may ground obligations on the part of healthcare professionals toward patients and their families in the decision-making process. The exploration starts from the core idea within person-centered care of having patients’ general life situation, experiences, wants, and values to be a substantial topic of concern in a process of shared decision making. If relational decision-making paradigms are to be minimally functional, healthcare professionals’ stances need to involve complex schemes of including people closely related to patients, who will have to be recognized as legitimate stakeholders and partners in, as well as resources for, clinical care.

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