There always exists a challenge for health care practitioners in choosing between the best interventions that take care of the interests of the patients and respecting their preferences. Autonomy means freedom to make their own choices and that the patients are responsible for their actions. This, however, conflicts with the duty of health practitioners to choose an intervention that is best suited for the patient, and this results to a conflict between the two.

There is a conflict that exist between beneficence and autonomy that bring challenges among medical professionals. The health professionals are not able to offer the best services to their patients. The autonomy is the freedom that the medical professions have such as making a decision when it comes to deciding the right medication that the patients need (Butts, & Rich, 2019). On the other hand, the patients have the right to either agree for the procedure to be carried out or object the choice

The assumptions to set guidelines for the medical professionals was arrived at to uniform standards across the board when it comes to offering medical services (Butts, & Rich, 2019). Patients do not get surprised when they get different services that are aimed at treating the same condition of the disease. Also, the guidelines ensure that they meet the standards that are required under the medical profession

Different scholars have written books about ethical dilemmas including autonomy and beneficence. One of the books addressing this topic is Autonomy in Nursing authored by Mundinger M. O’Neil. The second scholarly source for the two conflicting ethical dilemmas is The Task of Nursing authored by Melia K.M and Moral Problems in Nursing by Muyskens.


Butts, J. B., & Rich, K. L. (2019). Nursing ethics. Jones & Bartlett Learning.