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Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver, and K. Danner Clouser

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195159063.001.0001

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 Adequate Information, Competence, and Coercion

 Adequate Information, Competence, and Coercion

(p.213) 9 Adequate Information, Competence, and Coercion

Bernard Gert (Contributor Webpage)

Charles M. Culver

K. Danner Clouser

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This chapter discusses what information doctors should be morally required to give to patients, and whether it should include the new kinds of information that doctors must know. Showing that the task a patient must be competent to perform is that of making a rational decision clarifies the relationship between rationality and competence, and explains the inadequacy of all previous accounts of competence. The chapter also explains why what counts as coercion with regard to research volunteers is not the same as what counts as coercion with regard to patients.

Keywords:   valid consent, rationality, informed consent, understand, appreciate

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