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Abstract 摘要

Professor Lo strongly argues that family co-determination, rather than self-determination or family-determination, is one of the best choices for protecting the vulnerable in a healthcare setting. The assumption underlying the family co-determination model is that of an individual as a person-in-the-family rather than as an isolated individual. I provide some proofs to enhance the Confucian bioethical base of family co-determination. Based on a national survey of health professionals and patients, I conclude that family member involvement in clinical decision making contributes to better communication between doctors and patients, which is a key factor in alleviating the degree of tension.

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