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A Korean perspective on developing a global policy for advance directives

Authors
 SOYOON KIM  ;  KI-HYUN HAHM  ;  HYOUNG WOOK PARK  ;  HYUN HEE KANG  ;  MYONGSEI SOHN 
Citation
 BIOETHICS, Vol.24(3) : 113-117, 2010 
Journal Title
 BIOETHICS 
ISSN
 0269-9702 
Issue Date
2010
MeSH
Advance Directives/ethics ; Advance Directives/legislation & jurisprudence* ; Cultural Diversity* ; Humans ; International Cooperation* ; Korea ; Medical Tourism ; Policy Making* ; Social Values* ; World Health Organization
Keywords
advance directives ; global policy
Abstract
Despite the wide and daunting array of cross-cultural obstacles that the formulation of a global policy on advance directives will clearly pose, the need is equally evident. Specifically, the expansion of medical services driven by medical tourism, just to name one important example, makes this issue urgently relevant. While ensuring consistency across national borders, a global policy will have the additional and perhaps even more important effect of increasing the use of advance directives in clinical settings and enhancing their effectiveness within each country, regardless of where that country's state of the law currently stands. One cross-cultural issue that may represent a major obstacle in formulating, let alone applying, a global policy is whether patient autonomy as the underlying principle for the use of advance directives is a universal norm or a construct of western traditions that must be reconciled with alternative value systems that may place lesser significance on individual choice. A global policy, at a minimum, must emphasize respect for patient autonomy, provision of medical information, limits to the obligations for physicians, and portability. And though the development of a global policy will be no easy task, active engagement in close collaboration with the World Health Organization can make it possible.
Full Text
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01787.x/abstract
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01787.x
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Medical Law and Bioethics (의료법윤리학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kang, Hyun Hee(강현희)
Kim, So Yoon(김소윤) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7015-357X
Park, Hyoung Wook(박형욱)
Sohn, Myong Sei(손명세) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4817-0127
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/102304
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