To nudge or not to nudge: Cancer screening programmes and the limits of libertarian paternalism

Thomas Ploug*, Søren Holm, John Brodersen

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    Abstract

    'Nudgingdand the underlying idea 'libertarian paternalism'dto an increasing degree influences policy thinking in the healthcare sector. This article discusses the influence exerted upon a woman's choice of participation in the Danish breast screening programme in light of 'libertarian paternalism'. The basic tenet of 'libertarian paternalism' is outlined and the relationship between 'libertarian paternalism' and informed consent investigated. Key elements in the process of enrolling women into the Danish mammography screening programme are introduced. It is shown that for several reasons the influence exerted upon women's choices of participation cannot be justified within a welfareenhancing libertarian paternalistic framework. The article suggests that screening programmes alternatively adopt a liberty-enhancing approach and considers the practical implications of this alternative.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)1193-1196
    Antal sider4
    TidsskriftJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
    Vol/bind66
    Udgave nummer12
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2012

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