Show Summary Details
Page of

Informed Consent 

Informed Consent
Chapter:
Informed Consent
Author(s):

Ronald Schouten

and Kimberly D. Kumer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199387106.003.0005
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 September 2019

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.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.