[Wish fulfilling medicine and wish fulfilling dentistry: legal aspects]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde, 126, 1, (2019), pp. 17-21
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Wish fulfilling medicine (human enhancement (therapy)) concerns medical treatment without a direct medical need. In traditional medicine, a classical triad applies: 1. after investigation symptoms of illness lead to 2. a diagnosis, followed by 3. a proposal for treatment by the health care provider. In wish fulfilling medicine, the emphasis lies on patient's wishes. Wish fulfilling medicine concerns medical treatment, often at the request of the patient, and should be distinguished from shared decision-making,a form of communication seeking to meet the preferences of the patient and to actively involve the patient in his treatment. In the Netherlands, in accordance with the Healthcare Quality, Complaints and Disputes Act, health care providers have to offer good care at a good level, which is safe, effective, efficient and client-orientated, offered in a timely fashion and geared to the real needs of the client. Good care has to meet professional standards. In this way, fulfilling patients' wishes for treatment without a medical need can be restricted by law.
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