Members of a religious denomination founded in the United States during the late 19th century in which active evangelism is practiced, the imminent approach of the millennium is preached, and war and organized government authority in matters of conscience are strongly opposed (from American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed). Jehovah's Witnesses generally refuse blood transfusions and other blood-based treatments based on religious belief.
The religion stemming from the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ: the religion that believes in God as the Father Almighty who works redemptively through the Holy Spirit for men's salvation and that affirms Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who proclaimed to man the gospel of salvation. (From Webster, 3d ed)
The treatment of patients without the use of allogeneic BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS or blood products.
The interrelationship of medicine and religion.
Differences of opinion or disagreements that may arise, for example, between health professionals and patients or their families, or against a political regime.
Patient or client refusal of or resistance to medical, psychological, or psychiatric treatment. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed.)
The rights of individuals to act and make decisions without external constraints.
Presentation of pertinent data by one with special skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject.
The cognitive and affective processes which constitute an internalized moral governor over an individual's moral conduct.
The introduction of whole blood or blood component directly into the blood stream. (Dorland, 27th ed)
Promotion and protection of the rights of children; frequently through a legal process.
The study of religion and religious belief, or a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings (from online Cambridge Dictionary of American English, 2000 and WordNet: An Electronic Lexical Database, 1997)
Self-directing freedom and especially moral independence. An ethical principle holds that the autonomy of persons ought to be respected. (Bioethics Thesaurus)
Recovery of blood lost from surgical procedures for reuse by the same patient in AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS. It is collected during (intraoperatively) or after completion of (postoperatively) the surgical procedures.
The procedures through which a group approaches, attacks, and solves a common problem.
Promotion and protection of the rights of patients, frequently through a legal process.
The principles of professional conduct concerning the rights and duties of the physician, relations with patients and fellow practitioners, as well as actions of the physician in patient care and interpersonal relations with patient families.
Failure of a professional person, a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, especially when injury or loss follows. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
The book composed of writings generally accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority. (Webster, 3d ed)