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Informed consent and moral integrity.
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PMID:  2795625     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Informed consent is required for any medical procedure although the situations in which it is given are beset by uncertainties and indeterminacies. These make medicolegal scrutiny of such situations very difficult. Although some people find the decision in the Sidaway case incomprehensible because of its continuing regard for a 'professional practice standard' in informed consent, I will argue that an important fact in many cases is the moral integrity of the doctor concerned and the pattern of his practice. This may provide the only morally principled and legally accessible evidence enabling a correct decision to be made in a difficult case. Although the epistemological significance of a professional practice standard is thereby defended the 'prudent patient standard' for what counts as consent is left intact.
G R Gillett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0306-6800     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Ethics     Publication Date:  1989 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-11-03     Completed Date:  1989-11-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  117-23     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
University of Otago, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Consent Forms
Ethics, Medical*
Informed Consent*
Personal Autonomy
Physician-Patient Relations
Risk Assessment

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