In the patient's interest?
Paternalism in health care
'No sauces ... no sweets ... no Attic pastry ... no Corinthian Girls!'
Plato, The Republic' (a paternalistic edict on the pleasures of primary prevention)
Trust and respect for the autonomy of individuals, it has been argued (see 12.1), are the vital foundation of the therapeutic relationship. A strong case has also been made for the principle of respect for autonomy and the importance of self-determination by rational, competent individuals in decisions affecting their medical treatment (see 4.2 and 4.2.2). Paternalism can be defined as:
'... a refusal to accept or to acquiesce in another person's wishes, choices or actions, for that persons benefit'. 1