Claudia Oakes, assistant professor and director of the health science program in ENHP, published an article entitled, “In their best interest: The challenge of balancing autonomy with beneficence in clinical practice with older adults” in the Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 34(3), 1-4.
The article describes the ethical constructs of autonomy, which refers to a person’s self-determination and beneficence, which involves acting in a person’s best interest. Clinicians must be aware that well-intentioned acts of beneficence may impede the autonomy of older adults. Intervening in older adults’ daily decision-making may deprive them of the opportunity to make choices that support their sense of self. Recommendations for clinical practice are included.
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