Harvard Health Blog
Take control of your health care (exert your patient autonomy)
By: Carolyn A. Bernstein, MD, FAHS, Contributor Autonomy means being in control of your own decisions without outside influence — in other words, that you are in charge of yourself. It is considered an essential development step toward maturity. We all make decisions about how to live our lives, although sometimes we have less choice than we might like. When it comes to your health care, how much autonomy is the right amount?