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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


VAN DER REYDEN, Dain. The right to respect for autonomy - Part II. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2008, vol.38, n.3, pp.18-23. ISSN 2310-3833.

This paper, the second in a series, approaches patient autonomy from an occupational therapy practitioner perspective. The Occupational Therapy Codes of Ethics as well as the Health Professions Council Guidelines for good practice are briefly reviewed, rights identified, limitations to autonomy discussed and practical implications and explicit guidelines for practice, as relevant to different areas of practice, proposed.

Keywords : Patient autonomy; ethics; legislation; patient's rights; occupational therapy.

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