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Informed Consent 

Informed Consent
Informed Consent

Ronald Schouten

and Kimberly D. Kumer

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date: 07 August 2020

The contemporary doctrine of informed consent is one of the most important developments in modern medicine. Informed consent as we know it today is a fundamental principle of medical ethics, an essential aspect of clinical care, and a legal obligation enforced through case law, regulations, and statutes. A new concept when it was adopted in the middle of the 20th century in the United States, it has become an essential part of modern clinical care. This chapter explores the history and development of the doctrine of informed consent, as well as its application in clinical practice. Using a case vignette involving a common clinical situation, we examine the components of the informed-consent process, with a focus on the evaluation of decision-making capacity.

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