Minimizing harm via psychological intervention: Response to Glannon

Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (10):662-663 (2014)
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In a recent discussion, Walter Glannon discusses a number of ways we might try to minimize harm to patients who experience intraoperative awareness. In this response I direct attention to a possibility that deserves further attention. It might be that a kind of psychological intervention – namely, informing patients of the possibility of intraoperative awareness and of what to expect in such a case – would constitute a unique way to respect patient autonomy, as well as minimize the harm that typically follows intraoperative awareness events.
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