Informed Consent: Origin, Controversies, Contradictions and Sociological Aspects

  • A. de Monte


If we refer to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary [1], to inform means to have or to show a lot of knowledge about a particular subject or situation: an informed critic; an informed choice / decision / guess / opinion. Consent signifies agreement, permission, permission to do something, especially given by somebody in authority. Children under 16 cannot give consent to medical treatment. Literally that means the patient will be taught in medical science and he will reach a level of knowledge allowing him to decide if the proposed therapy is right and safe for himself. But what is that level and how long does it take to be reached? Obviously the above confirmation is deliberately provocative, just to underline that the term of “informed consent” already shows a list of problems that are quite often contradictory.


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