A Critique of Informed Consent in the United States

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This chapter breaks down the genesis, standards, critiques and questions of 'informed consent' in both medical and research contexts in the United States. The notion that patients may direct their care is complex, moulded by legal tests that sometimes frustrate private enforcement through litigation. Often, patients do little more than sign a paper consent form, never having the face-to-face conversation that the form should memorialize. Complicating the possibility of reform, not all patients are alike. Some patients want to be the decision maker; others a passive participant; others still a trusted partner in making medical decisions together with their physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformed Consent and Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Analysis
EditorsThierry Vansweevelt, Nicola Glover-Thomas
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781788973427
ISBN (Print)9781788973410
StatePublished - Apr 2020

Publication series

NameGlobal Perspectives on Medical Law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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