Persuasion in healthcare needs virtue, narrative and a relational concept of autonomy

A rejoinder


  • Lauris C. Kaldjian University of Iowa



forum discussion, rejoinder, communication ethics


Srikant Sarangi offers probing remarks about communication ethics and the relational aspects of the patient–clinician encounter. I am particularly intrigued by the attention he draws to persuasion and its legitimate role in the moral dynamic of decision making between patients and clinicians in healthcare.

Author Biography

  • Lauris C. Kaldjian, University of Iowa

    Lauris Kaldjian received his MD from the University of Michigan and PhD in Christian ethics from Yale University. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine and directs a bioethics program at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa. His research interests include physician–patient communication, philosophical and religious beliefs in clinical decision making, ethics education and practical wisdom.


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Forum Discussion

How to Cite

Kaldjian, L. C. (2024). Persuasion in healthcare needs virtue, narrative and a relational concept of autonomy: A rejoinder. Communication and Medicine, 19(2), 181-185.