A New Paradigm for Informed Consent

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University Press of America, 1998 - Law - 135 pages
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In this book, the elements of informed consent are brought into a unified theory that results in a new paradigm for informed consent. Based upon an autonomy-enhancing model, this paradigm makes it a necessary condition that the patient gives an autonomous and well-informed decision in favor of a medical treatment. The author proceeds to redefine the physician-patient relationship so that the relationship is an equal partnership between the two individuals, with the common goal of improving overall health and well-being. This will be a valuable book for anyone interested in bioethics, as well as medical professionals.
 

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Contents

Autonomy as the Foundation of Informed Consent
1
Patient Competency
17
Physician Disclosure of Medical Treatments
37
Understanding Between Patient and Physician
55
Rational Decision Making In Informed Consent
69
Effective PatientPhysician Relationship
91
Effective Communication
105
Paradigm Shift in Informed Consent
119
Bibliography
127
INDEX
133
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About the author (1998)

Irene S. Switankowsky is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

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