Autonomy and Trust as Ambivalent Reference-Points for Christian-based Agents in Hospitals

Project leader: Prof. Reiner Anselm, Faculty of Theology
Research Fellow: Ulrike Butz


The research project explores how autonomy and trust relate to each other in those contexts of clinical practice that are governed by Protestant guiding principles. The central research question asks to what extent traditional theological patterns of argumentation influence the actions of the different agents in the organizational setting of the hospital or are refracted by those action patterns and especially by organizational norms. There are two ways to answer this question. One is the theoretical-theological research which focusses on the end of life in clinical contexts and the meaning of trust in these situations/ contexts. The other is an empirical study based on interviews to explore the interaction of autonomy and trust in the organization of a hospital.