With some exploration of autonomy and privacy behind us, let's move on to some real world issues and dilemmas.

How can you make the best decisions about your healthcare if you don't have all the relevant information you need about your condition and all the treatment options and their risks and potential benefits?

One half the class will investigate the principle of "informed consent" and write their OP on it. If your last name begins with A-L, this is your assignment. Start with a review of the American Medical Association webpage on informed consent at    . From that page you can drill down to pages concerning many specific applications.

How do you insure your autonomy is protected in medical decision making if you are unable to speak for yourself?

The other half of the class, M-Z, will investigate "advance directives" and post their OP on their findings. Start at    and search for more information from there.