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Informed Consent: A Primer for Clinical Practice
     

Informed Consent: A Primer for Clinical Practice

by Deborah Bowman
 

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The literature on informed consent and its ethico-legal significance in clinical practice has grown rapidly in recent years. This unique book offers a practical description of the principles of informed consent and their application in daily clinical practice. Written by a team of experts in medical ethics and law, the chapters use a case-based approach to

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The literature on informed consent and its ethico-legal significance in clinical practice has grown rapidly in recent years. This unique book offers a practical description of the principles of informed consent and their application in daily clinical practice. Written by a team of experts in medical ethics and law, the chapters use a case-based approach to elucidate the essence of consent and highlight the ways in which individual patients and diverse situations can shape and even challenge the fundamental principles of informed consent. A range of situations in both primary and secondary care are covered and the content is arranged conceptually to help emphasise certain recurrent and related themes. An informative and rigorous yet accessible text, Informed Consent: A Primer for Clinical Practice is an essential resource for healthcare professionals working in all medical fields.

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Reviewer: Heidi R Pieroni, M.A.(Saint Louis University)
Description: The authors of this book use a case-based approach to discuss four aspects of informed consent from an ethicolegal perspective.
Purpose: The book is designed to be a manageable resource to guide clinical healthcare professionals in understanding the basics and implications of informed consent and applying these in a clinical setting. Such a condensed and understandable book is valuable. Busy clinicians can use this book as a first step in managing complex ethicolegal clinical decisions regarding the application of informed consent. However, the brevity of the book lessens its impact, leaving readers with more questions than answers at times.
Audience: It is intended for healthcare professionals working in clinical fields in the U.K. The nature of the subject as well as the diversity of perspectives and fields presented in the many cases would be relevant for virtually any clinician. The authors represent diverse backgrounds and experience in bioethics, law, and medicine in the U.K.
Features: The authors use four aspects of informed consent (capacity, information and decision making, voluntariness, and continuing consent) to structure the book. After a brief discussion of the history of physician-patient relationships and the emerging preeminence of autonomy, the authors look at each aspect's ethicolegal significance, presenting a balanced account. This structure, as well as the glossary, makes the book easy to navigate and understand. The case-based approach is engaging and practical. The authors include a delightful list of further creative and informative reading, including fiction, nonfiction, and film. However, the authors attempt to tackle too much in a small book. Although this is intended as a primer, the use of legal cases, statutory law, and philosophical perspectives with limited discussion leads to confusion regarding both legal and ethical obligations.
Assessment: As a primer, this book is both practical and engaging for practitioners with a basic understanding of the legal and philosophical foundation of informed consent. Though certainly not as thorough as other books in the field (Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians, 4th edition, Lo (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009); Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees, Post et al. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine: Contemporary Readings in Bioethics, 8th edition, Steinbock et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2012)), it opens the door for further contemplation and discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107688063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2011
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Bowman is Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, Centre for Medical and Healthcare Education, Division of Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's, University of London, UK.

John Spicer is a GP in South London, UK and Head of School, London School of General Practice, University of London. He has written widely on ethical matters in clinical practice, and maintains active interests in the medical humanities and the ethics of primary medical care.

Rehana Iqbal is Consultant Anaesthetist and Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and Centre for Medical and Healthcare Education, Division of Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's, University of London, UK.

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