Six of the principles commonly included are:
- Beneficence - a practitioner should act in the best interest of the patient. (Salus aegroti suprema lex.)
- Non-maleficence - never do harm (primum non nocere), from the Hippocratic Oath.
- Autonomy - the patient has the right to refuse or choose their treatment. (Voluntas aegroti suprema lex.)
- Justice - concerns the distribution of scarce health resources, and the decision of who gets what treatment.
- Dignity - the patient (and the person treating the patient) have the right to dignity.
- Truthfulness - the patient should not be lied to, and deserves to know the whole truth about their illness and treatment.
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2 Reproductive medicine
3 Medical research
4 Distribution and utilization of research and care
5 Critiques of conventional medicine
6 Critiques of alternative medicine