Background: Over last two years, working with patients
and respecting their autonomy has been a rewarding experience
at Mirrabook mental health unit. However, it is true
that their autonomy has been overridden in their best
interest. Where is the balance?
Objectives/Methods: We would like to debate this matter
and present the two sides of a coin and argue that
patient’s autonomy should be respected. We would do
literature search on this topic and present our personal
Conclusions: Maintaining patient’s autonomy is a challenging
exercise while working in a complex and sophisticated
mental health and health system. It is about the
balance and is determined by a complex array of dynamic
factors and keeps changing.