HOW TRADITIONAL DEFINITIONS OF AUTONOMY IMPAIR DECISION-MAKING IN SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY AND ALZHEIMER DISEASE

Clinical decision making is influenced by available literature, technology, and guidelines, but also by cultural expectations, physician experience, and personal biases. The treatment of various forms of disability is especially vulnerable to these prejudices. Alzheimer Dementia (AD) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) represent forms of cognitive and physical disability, respectively. In severe forms of both diseases, patients are often unable to communicate and do not meet traditional definitions of autonomy. However, physicians and consensus guidelines...
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