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“Informed choice” in a time of too much medicine—no panacea for ethical difficulties

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2230 (Published 09 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2230

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

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2877/rr-7

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.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 June 2016
Michael H Stone
Retired Non Clinical
None Private Individual
Coventry Cv2 4HN