Edited by: Prof James Giordano and Dr Fernando Marques
Informed consent is a complex ethical concept that plays a fundamental role in medical research and practice, and which gives rise to host of current questions, issues and controversies. For example:
- The increasing globalization of medicine adds new dimensions to informed consent procedures, as cultural and regional differences.
- Implementation of new techniques and technologies that require careful ethical deliberation when informing patients, gaining their consent and obtaining clinical equipoise.
- Similarly, treating patients who lack cognitive capacity to make fully informed decisions, and other conditions of marginalization and vulnerability necessitate a deeper and richer address, meaning and value of informed consent for patients, clinicians and society.
The Editors declare that they have no competing interests.
Collection published: 7 January 2014
Last updated: 18 November 2014