Informed Consent and Health
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Informed Consent and Health

A Global Analysis

Edited by Thierry Vansweevelt and Nicola Glover-Thomas

Informed consent is the legal instrument that purports to protect an individual’s autonomy and defends against medical arbitrariness. This illuminating book investigates our evolving understanding of informed consent from a range of comparative and international perspectives, demonstrating the diversity of its interpretations around the world. Chapters offer a nuanced analysis of the problems that impede the understanding and implementation of the concept of informed consent and explore the contemporary challenges that continue to hinder both the patient and the medical community.
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Chapter 12: Comparative conclusions: towards a global vision of informed consent?

Thierry Vansweevelt and Nicola Glover-Thomas


While there is a common understanding and acknowledgement of the principle of informed consent around the world, this book highlights the nuances and varied interpretations applied across the continents. It seeks to identify and reflect on these differences, to enhance our broad understanding of the ways in which this concept is interpreted and applied in practice; and highlights the global shifts that have taken place over the last 25 years in relation to how patients’ rights are recognized and protected. Indeed, the legal landscape surrounding autonomy and consent is vastly different from the familiar world of the past, in which medical paternalism dominated. There is little doubt that this landscape will continue to evolve; and that this evolution may be rapid. The hope is that this book will articulate the variety of approaches and the opportunities to learn from around the world while on this path of change.

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