Sometimes, not always, not never: A response to Pickard and Pearce

Patrick J. Sullivan

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    This paper provides a response to Hanna Pickard and Stephen Pearce's paper Balancing costs and benefits: a clinical perspective does not support a harm minimisation approach for self-injury outside of community settings.' This paper responded to my article Should healthcare professionals sometimes allow harm? The case of self-injury.' There is much in the paper that I would agree with, but I feel it is important to respond to a number of the criticisms of my paper in order to clarify my position and to facilitate ongoing debate in relation to this important issue.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-210
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
    Issue number3
    Early online date14 Sept 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • autonomy
    • paternalism


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