Re: “Informed choice” in a time of too much medicine—no panacea for ethical difficulties
I am unable to access the paper, but I have scanned the responses.
As I have pointed out
the law in England has settled on Informed Consent. The concept behind informed consent, is not 'achieving a 'good' outcome' - rather, it is that 'clinicians inform the patient, and then the patient decides what, if any, of the offered treatments to accept'. It is very difficult - and the more discussions I read, the more I am aware of this - for doctors and nurses to accept this because of their 'instinct to care': but it surely will never be satisfactory, if our law has settled on something, and clinicians are trying to deny that.
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