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9.2. Autonomy and Care: A Chinese Approach to The Art of Informed Consent

- Julia TAO
Hong Kong/China
Email: SAJULIA@cityu.edu.hk

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Rule-based ethics does not seem to be the dominant mode of moral reasoning for medical decision-making in Hong Kong society, as revealed in a recent research conducted among doctors, patients and families on the practice of Informed Consent in the local community. Instead, a context-based approach was often found in their mode of moral reasoning, emphasizing particularity and process in weighing different moral claims and considerations. The concern to strike a balance between autonomy and care, and the capacity to achieve some kind of harmony of goals and values, have enabled them to avoid the reductionism approach and the dualistic perspectives which often tend to set autonomy and care as two irreconcilable perspectives, invariably opposed to each other.

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