Minimizing harm via psychological intervention: Response to Glannon
Journal of Medical Ethics , Volume 40 - Issue 10 p. 662- 663
In a recent discussion, Walter Glannon discusses a number of ways we might try to minimise 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 minimise the harm that typically follows intraoperative awareness events.