A Global Analysis
Edited by Thierry Vansweevelt and Nicola Glover-Thomas
Chapter 12: Comparative conclusions: towards a global vision of informed consent?
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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