Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice

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Department of Psychiatry

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Informed Consent; Decision Making; Ethics, Medical


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Summary: Few issues affecting the therapeutic professions are as much discussed and as little understood as informed consent. This book, written from the combined perspectives of a physician, a lawyer, and a social scientist, is the first reference work to provide a concise overview of informed consent with particular emphasis on the practical issues facing professionals. After introducing the ethical theories behind this principle, the authors describe the history and current status of the law, detailing all legal requirements for practitioners. They consider the problems faced when these theories and laws are applied in a clinical setting, offering suggestions for simplifying the interaction between doctor and patient and for making it clinically meaningful. The stress throughout is on ways to improve practitioners' performance in meeting these ethical and legal mandates. The book will be valuable for all professionals working in areas where issues of informed consent are likely to arise, including medicine, mental health care, social work, dentistry and law.


Appelbaum PS, Lidz CW and Meisel A: Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice. Fair Lawn, NJ, Oxford University Press, 1987.

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Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice