Information Imbalance in Medical Decision Making: Upsetting the Balance

Information Imbalance in Medical Decision Making: Upsetting the Balance

Jimmie L. Joseph (The University of Texas El Paso, USA) and David P. Cook (Old Dominion University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-945-8.ch120
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Abstract

This chapter explores the ethical implications of a reduction in information asymmetry between health care providers and their patients. In many human interactions, asymmetry of information and experience typically raises ethical dilemmas for the party with the greater degree of information. This chapter illustrates that it is the reduction in information asymmetry that is raising ethical dilemmas in dealing with medical issues. Understanding this phenomenon may assist in identifying and managing future ethical quandaries that may occur as Internet resources provide broad access to information previously distributed only to a subset of the population.

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