The Definition Of Informed Consent Essay

1846 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
The definition of informed consent is, “To disclose and explain to the patient, in language as simple as necessary the nature of the aliment, the nurture of the proposed treatment, the probability of success or of alternatives, and perhaps the risks of the unfortunate results and unforeseen conditions within the body”. When a doctor attempts to retrieve consent, they can undertake a subjective standard to decide what to tell the patient, depending on how much the patient needs to know. However, there needs to be consent expressed by the individual either signed or stated by the patient. If there is no signature saying otherwise, then consent is usually presumed. If there is an adult that is incompetent or a child, then they cannot give consent, which is called assent. In cases such as this, there are sometimes designated people to make decisions for them. Some argue that consent was not provided to the subjects of this study and I agree.
In the Tuskegee study, the subjects were never informed they were going to be part of a trial, nor were they informed of what the study would entail. They never gave consent to the researchers, because the doctors said they were not knowledgeable enough to give consent, thus assuming they would be fine to be test subjects. The researchers thought they had acquired consent because the doctor had provided it on their behalf.
I couldn’t help but think informed consent was not provided to in the CAFÉ study. In the study it talks about how Dan…

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