Comparative conclusions: Towards a global vision of informed consent?

Thierry Vansweevelt, Nicola Glover-Thomas

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While there is a common understanding and acknowledgement of the principle of informed consent, this volume highlights the nuances and varied interpretations applied across the continents. While this book has sought to identify and reflect on these differences to enhance our broad understanding of the way in which this concept is interpreted and applied in practice, it is also essential that we readily concede the global shifts that have taken place over the last twenty five years in relation to how patients’ rights are increasingly being recognised and protected. Indeed, the legal landscape surrounding autonomy and consent is vastly different from the familiar world where medical paternalism dominated. There is little doubt that this landscape will continue to evolve; and that this evolution could be rapid. What this volume hopes to do is articulate the variance of approach and the opportunity to learn from around the world while on this path of change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformed Consent and Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Analysis
EditorsNicola Glover-Thomas, Thierry Vansweevelt
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Pages256 - 270
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)eISBN: 978 1 78897 342 7
ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 341 0
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020


  • Information disclosure
  • consent
  • autonomy
  • capacity
  • medical paternalism
  • Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board


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