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Caesarean section on maternal request: how clear medical evidence fails to produce ethical consensus.

Authors
  • Reilly, Daniel Robert
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstétrique et gynécologie du Canada : JOGC
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2009
Volume
31
Issue
12
Pages
1176–1179
Identifiers
PMID: 20085684
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

National and international bodies have used evidence-based medicine to apply the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence to guide a physician's response to a request for Caesarean section without medical indication. Although they are nearly unanimous in their condemnation of saying "yes," a physician who weighs risks unequally, who weighs risks in a patient-centred manner, or who values autonomy may find saying "no" to be an unacceptable choice.

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