Informed Consent

Rethinking informed consent

Xavier Symons | 08 March 2014 |
tags: Belmont Report, informed consent
If a trial has no or only minor effects on important patient interests, do we need it?

The dilemma of whether to release genetic information

Xavier Symons | 01 March 2014 |
tags: genetic privacy, informed consent
When should you tell someone that he has Alzheimers?

US scientists were “accomplices after the fact” in Japanese doctors’ war crimes

Michael Cook | 22 February 2014 |
tags: informed consent, war crimes, World War II
How US scientists led a campaign to grant immunity from prosecution for Japanese doctors guilty of horrendous crimes.

Have we gone too far with informed consent?

Michael Cook | 22 February 2014 |
tags: informed consent
Under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required for some types of health research, according to leading bioethics experts.

More questions about Belgian euthanasia

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, informed consent, terminal sedation
A puzzling study from Belgium suggests that in nearly 80% of terminal sedations in Flanders, there was no explicit consent.

Calls for Virginia to compensate sterilization victims

Xavier Symons | 14 December 2013 |
tags: eugenics, informed consent, sterilization
Pressure is mounting on legislators in Virginia to compensate victims of its forced sterilization policy in the early years of the last century.

New details surface in UK forced delivery case

Xavier Symons | 14 December 2013 |
tags: informed consent
A number of important facts have come to light in the case of Alessandra Pacchieri, an Italian woman subject to a forced caesarean when visiting the UK, followed by the seizure of her child by child protection workers.

The tragedy of the lobotomized GIs

Michael Cook | 14 December 2013 |
tags: informed consent, lobotomy, research ethics
Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself that bioethicists are good guys to have around if your doctor is thinking about using you as a guinea pig for a novel medical treatment. For instance, they would have been useful after World War II when doctors in the US Veterans Administration lobotomized at least 1,900 military men (and a few women).

Visiting Italian woman forced to have C-section in UK

Xavier Symons | 07 December 2013 |
tags: informed consent, UK
Shocking details surfaced this week of an Italian woman who had her baby forcibly delivered whilst visiting the UK

Another unethical study – this time in NY’s Bowery

Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 |
tags: clinical trials, informed consent
In the 1950s an oncologist recruited homeless men for a study of prostate cancer.

Autistic boy “debarked” to prevent screaming

Xavier Symons | 05 October 2013 |
tags: disability, informed consent
Controversy has arisen around a procedure performed on an American autistic boy to stop him screaming. At the request of his parents Kade Hanegraaf had his vocal cords separated so as to greatly reduce his ability to scream.

Is using Prozac a valid defence for murder?

Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 |
tags: informed consent, legal responsibility, serontins
One of the more interesting films released this year has been Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Side Effects.

Should mentally incompetent people be allowed to donate organs?

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 |
tags: informed consent, organ donation
Should a mentally incompetent person be allowed to donate organs?

Family of Henrietta Lacks reaches agreement with researchers

Michael Cook | 11 August 2013 |
tags: genetics, informed consent
The National Institutes of Health has reached an agreement with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks

Californian female prisoners pressured into sterilization

Xavier Symons | 13 July 2013 |
tags: eugenics, informed consent, prisons, sterilizations
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been accused of forcing female prisoners to have tubal ligations in a bombshell report

Doctors support detainees’ protest over force-feeding at Guantanamo

Michael Cook | 23 June 2013 |
tags: force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, informed consent
Doctors ask President to give detainees independent doctors

Researchers propose drug-trial on non-consenting patients

Xavier Symons | 15 June 2013 |
tags: informed consent
A controversial drug test on non-consenting patients has been proposed by doctors in Massachusetts.

Indian women victimized in sterilization camps

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 |
tags: India, informed consent, sterilization
Sterilization of poor Indian women is still a major tool used by state governments to slow population growth.

New study identifies five ways to make consent informed

Xavier Symons | 08 June 2013 |
tags: informed consent
Health experts have long lamented the complexity of patient consent forms. A new University of Michigan study may provide a solution to this barrier to achieving genuine informed consent.

Fear factor: first pre-emptive removal of prostate

Michael Cook | 25 May 2013 |
tags: breast cancer gene, fear, informed consent
Following the highly publicised pre-emptive double mastectomy of Hollywood celebrity Angelina Jolie, it has emerged that a 53-year-old British man has become the first in the world to have a pre-emptive removal of his prostate.
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