Informed Consent: A Primer for Clinical Practice by Deborah Bowman

By Deborah Bowman

The literature on expert consent and its ethico-legal importance in medical perform has grown speedily in recent times. This specific publication bargains a realistic description of the foundations of educated consent and their software in day-by-day medical perform. Written through a crew of specialists in clinical ethics and legislation, the chapters use a case-based method of elucidate the essence of consent and spotlight the ways that person sufferers and various events can form or even problem the basic rules of educated consent. quite a number occasions in either fundamental and secondary care are coated and the content material is prepared conceptually to assist emphasise yes recurrent and comparable subject matters. An informative and rigorous but obtainable textual content, trained Consent: A Primer for scientific perform is an important source for healthcare pros operating in all clinical fields.

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Any of this may be relevant to decisions about her treatment taken in her best interests. Thirdly, even though Zena was found to be incapacitous for the decision about antibiotic treatment, this does not exclude her participation in other aspects of her care to the maximum of her ability. In practical terms, this might include, for example, the encouragement of oral fluid intake or other measures relevant to the clinical situation. Chapter 2: On capacity: can the patient decide? 25 Table 2. Best interests and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Make no assumptions about the patient Consult others who know the patient Encourage participation of the patient in their care Take the least restrictive alternative Caution with life-sustaining decisions The Children Act 1989 has helpfully fleshed out what the term best interests might mean for young people, and the Mental Capacity Act has done the same for adults with incapacity.

Having argued that there are multiple types of ‘information’ to be negotiated and shared between clinician and patient, what are the implications when a patient makes it clear that he or she does not wish to receive the amount or type of information that a clinician would routinely provide? Is it possible for a patient to insist on being uninformed? Consider the scenario below. Mr Adam Maitland is a 48-year-old accountant. He is due to have non-emergency surgery for a hernia repair. When seen by the anaesthetist, Dr Hansen, he explains that he does not wish to receive any information relating to the risks and benefits of a general anaesthetic versus a spinal anaesthetic.

Withholding and Withdrawing Lifeprolonging Medical Treatment: Guidance for Decision-making, 3rd edn. London: British Medical Association. 17. Glass v. United Kingdom [2004] (application no. 61827/00). 18. Section 8(1). 19. Gillick v. West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA [1986] AC 112, [1985] 3 All ER 402, [1985] 2 BMLR 11 [HL]. 20. English law references the parties to the case in citations, and not the judges hearing the case. Hence, Gillick as shorthand for the emerging principle from the case cited above.

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