Autonomy: A Concept Analysis

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Introduction The concept analysis of autonomy will be analyzed according to the Walker and Avant method of concept analysis. Walker and Avant (2005) present a strategy for analyzing concepts in a comprehensive manner to present new theories and a common definition for different concepts. The current as well as historical meaning is an important aspect to analyze the concept of autonomy, as one must understand how one simple four syllable word grew into such a powerful concept. Definitive attributes drawn from the concept mapped for future use as well as case study as outlined by Walker and Avant (2005). The necessary attributes are then plugged into model, borderline, related and contrary cases so that full concept involvement and…show more content…
The report builds around autonomy in that it is a more useful and an in the moment way of working through ever changing and constant movement of technology and troops (Defense Science Board, 2012). Technology would be more beneficial if it were autonomously able to make decisions and act upon them (Defense Science Board, 2012). As nonmedical as this definition of autonomy is, it presents a different view of the concept and of its many important uses. Without autonomy important decisions could possibly be made by others who are not as concerned with the outcome. Historical Perspectives A past reference for autonomy is closely linked to another term, beneficence. This term beneficence means to do good for another as an act of kindness (Dictionary reference, n.d.). Another term linked to autonomy through beneficence is paternalism. Paternalism means to govern over others as a father cares for his children (Dictionary reference, n.d.). It was a common practice for medical professionals to act on behalf of the patient and make important choices for the patient, as it was felt that the patient without medical knowledge was able to make such decisions for themselves (Will, 2011). Patients were trusting and believed that physicians had the best plan for the patient in mind. Another even more historical reference for autonomy traces back to the Greeks according to Piper (n.d.), where autonomy described the government as self-ruling and not applied
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