UoB BMVP Anita Ho public seminar - Control and Autonomy in Contemporary Medicine: Illusion or Reality?

19 June 2018, 1.00 PM - 19 June 2018, 2.00 PM

Dr Anita Ho

Room 1.12, 8-10 Berkley Square

Anita Ho (PhD, MPH) is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia, and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Bioethics Program of the University of California, San Francisco.

In recent decades, legislations regarding patients’ right to informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, and controversial procedures (e.g., abortion, assisted death) have protected the public from unwanted or paternalistic intrusion by healthcare professionals regarding specific medical decisions. Advancing technologies and direct-to-consumer mobile medical devices have also provided patients more options to treat and monitor their conditions or promote their health. Nonetheless, larger systemic and structural factors continue to control how medicine is funded, practiced, delivered, and regulated, raising questions of whether patients have meaningful opportunities to truly exercise their agency as they navigate the medical maze. This seminar will explore the intersecting factors influencing patients’ decisional processes and available options.

Public seminar, lunch provided.

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