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The Challenge of Balancing Autonomy with Beneficence in Clinical Practice with Older Adults.

Claudia Oakes, OTR/L, Ph.D.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.



To discuss the article, please contact:

Claudia Oakes
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Science
University of Hartford
Dana Hall, Rm 429E
860.768.5746
oakes@hartford.edu