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Why autonomy needs help
  1. Arthur L Caplan
  1. Correspondence to Arthur L Caplan, Sidney D Caplan Professor of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medical Ethics, 3401 Market St. Suite 320, PA 22412, USA; caplan{at}


Some argue that to be effective in healthcare settings autonomy needs to be strengthened. The author thinks autonomy is fundamentally inadequate in healthcare settings and requires supplementation by experience-based paternalism on the part of doctors and healthcare providers.

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