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Medical LawText, Cases, and Materials

Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edn)

Emily Jackson
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date: 30 March 2023

p. 2074. Informed Consentlocked

p. 2074. Informed Consentlocked

  • Emily JacksonEmily JacksonProfessor of Law, London School of Economics


This chapter examines ‘informed consent’, and the question of how much information must be provided to patients before they consent to medical treatment. It first considers the ethical justifications for informing patients and then examines the legal framework that protects patients’ interests in information disclosure. The chapter also explores some alternatives to the law of tort, and the guidance produced by the medical profession.

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