A general introduction

Thierry Vansweevelt, Nicola Glover-Thomas

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This introductory chapter highlights the changing landscape in relation to the question of informed consent and the consequential impact of this on the legal frameworks in place in many parts of the world. Informational disclosure and informed consent are the focus of book one of the book series. It is a key foundational concept in health law and for many countries acts as the initial gateway to medical intervention. At the heart of contemporary medical ethics is the notion of self-determination and choice. How information disclosure and informed consent is understood and executed in different parts of the world varies widely, yet the concept of informed concept maintains some common characteristics that are shared and recognised around the world. The importance of informed consent is growing, both nationally and internationally particularly as more patients are aware of their rights and are seeking to reinforce them. The countries in this book have been chosen to provide an insight across continents; representing a mix of jurisdictions, including: Australia, Canada, except for Quebec, Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Russia, the Nordic countries, South Africa, Germany, Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformed Consent and Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Analysis
EditorsThierry Vansweevelt , Nicola Glover-Thomas
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78897 342 7
ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 341 0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameGlobal Perspectives on Medical Law
PublisherEdward Elgar


  • Informed consent
  • comparative analysis
  • capacity
  • material risk
  • self-determination
  • doctors


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