Advance directives in Turkey's cultural context: examining the potential benefits for the implementation of patient rights

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Title

Advance directives in Turkey's cultural context: examining the potential benefits for the implementation of patient rights

Author

Guven, Tolga
Sert, Gurkan

Publisher

2010/03/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20100300

Abstract

Advance directives are not a part of the healthcare service in Turkey. This may be related with the fact that paternalism is common among the healthcare professionals in the country, and patients are not yet integrated in the decision-making process adequately. However, starting from the enactment of the Regulation of Patient Rights in 1998, this situation started to change. While the paternalist tradition still appears to be strong in Turkey, the Ministry of Health has been taking concrete measures in the recent years to ensure that patient rights are implemented in healthcare practice. Therefore, Turkey now seems to be in a transitional period where a move towards a more patient-autonomy centred approach is being supported by the regulatory authorities, as well as the academic circles and the public at large. In the light of this background, this paper aims to examine the potential benefits of advance directives, particularly with regard to their possible effect in the clinical decision-making process of Turkey's context. It will be argued that advance directives, if correctly understood and implemented in the right settings, may be beneficial, particularly for improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals and for implementing of the right to refuse treatment.

Primary Classification

20.5.4

Secondary Classification

20.5.4;8.3.4;21.7;8.1

Primary keywords

advance directives--[pri];autonomy--[pri];culture--[pri];decision making--[pri];paternalism--[pri];patients' rights--[pri];physician patient relationship--[pri];treatment refusal--[pri];trends--[pri]

Secondary keywords

advance directive adherence;attitude of health personnel;competence;empirical research;family members;informed consent;international aspects;legislation;living wills;patient education;physicians;socioeconomic factors;terminal care;terminally ill;third party consent;truth disclosure

Subject

Turkey--[pri]

Subject

Europe;Regulation on Patient Rights 1998 (Turkey)

Journal Article

Bioethics 2010 March; 24(3): 127-133

Note

37

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

journal

Subject Captions

em

Bibliography

24 fn.

ISBN

1467-8519

Collection

Citation

“Advance directives in Turkey's cultural context: examining the potential benefits for the implementation of patient rights,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed July 21, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/34658.