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Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

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Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent

Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent

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Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent
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Law and Medicine
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Carl E. Schneider

Michael H. Farrell

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.003.0006

For many years, the dream of bioethics has been to confide medical decisions to patients and not to doctors. The favoured key to doing so has been the doctrine of informed consent. The success of informed consent depends on two things. First, patients must be able to understand and remember the information doctors give them. Secondly, patients must be able to analyse that information and use it to make a decision. The first of these requirements has been studied extensively. The second requirement for the success of informed consent has, in contrast, been virtually unstudied. This chapter examines a case study involving prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening to gain further insight into the way patients think about their medical choices.

Keywords:   bioethics, informed consent, medical decisions, patient choice, prostate-specific antigen

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