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Some popular versions of uninformed consent

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Hutton


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A patient's informed consent is required by the Nuremberg code, and its successors, before she can be entered into a clinical trial. However, concern has been expressed by both patients and professionals about the beneficial or detrimental effect on the patient of asking for her consent. We examine advantages and drawbacks of popular variations on consent, which might reduce the stress on patients at the point of illness. Both informed and uninformed responses to particular trials, and trials in general, are discussed. The selection by doctors of patients, to whom entry to trials will be offered, is explored. Alternative forms of consent require restrictions on patients' knowledge, personal responsibility and freedom of choice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hutton JL, Ashcroft RE

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health Care Analysis

Year: 2000

Volume: 8

Issue: 1

Pages: 41-52

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 1065-3058

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3394


DOI: 10.1023/A:1009421824028

PubMed id: 10977160