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Acta bioethica

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Abstract

BARRANTES-MONGE, Melba; RODRIGUEZ, Eduardo  and  LAMA, Alexis. DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP: ELDERLY’S RIGHTS. Acta bioeth. [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.2, pp.216-221. ISSN 1726-569X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S1726-569X2009000200013.

Aging suffers prejudices against it. Even among professionals who practice gerontology. A dangerous and common one is to consider that all the elderly are sick or unable. The relationship doctor-patient is the key stone both for medical practice and ethics. In order to achieve respect for the elderly a wise medicine is necessary, based upon a practice where ethical and clinical reflection may contribute. The latter is possible if the elderly’s rights are respected, especially as patients when having to make decisions.

Keywords : bioethics; geriatrics; elderly; informed consent.

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