Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorBeran, RG
dc.description.abstractInformed consent has become a 'hot topic' within legal medicine and medical law, assuming a whole section in the text Legal and Forensic Medicine [1]. Attitudes towards imparting information, especially in Australia, changed dramatically with the High Court decision in Rogers v Whittaker, which focused largely on the communication of material risks [2]. A 'material risk' is one in which understanding how an intervention might impact on the patient, either positively or negatively, may influence the patient to accept or reject a proposed treatment option. As stated by Richards [3] " ... An appropriately informed patient is empowered to make decisions about their treatment options and the legal question of whether or not appropriate levels of information have been provided is addressed through consideration of professional standards of care .... " Quoting Beauchamp & Childress [4], "widely accepted as the leading pioneers of medical ethics, Man [5] defined the principle of 'informed consent' as an acknowledgment " ... of the patient's right to make medical choices and the corresponding obligation of the physician to deliver sufficient and proper information .... " Beauchamp & Childress [4] nominated the four pillars of ethical practice, citing: autonomy, beneficence; non-malfeasance; and justice. "Autonomy' is the essence of informed consent as was encapsulated in the decision by :Benjamin Cardozo J [6], " ... every human being of adult years and sound mind has the right to determine what shall be done with his own body .... " This covers two additional considerations, which are fundamental foundations of informed consent,' namely having both the maturity and intellectual competence to appreciate the material being imparted and the intellectual capacity to decide to either accept, or reject, the treatment. Time and space precludes detailed discussion re maturity and capacity to consent, as these are topics in their own right, although they will be touched upon when relevant.
dc.publisherNova Science Publishers
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleInformed Consent: Procedures, Ethics and Best Practices
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.titleA Unique Approach to Informed Consent when Undertaking Clinical Research within the Private Practice Setting: Respecting the Patient
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB2 - Chapters (Other)
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Medicine
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorBeran, Roy G.

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Book chapters
    Contains book chapters authored by Griffith authors.

Show simple item record