Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law and MedicineCurrent Legal Issues Volume 3$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 January 2021

Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent

Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent

Information, Decisions, and the Limits of Informed Consent
Law and Medicine

Carl E. Schneider

Michael H. Farrell

Oxford University Press

For many years, the dream of bioethics has been to confide medical decisions to patients and not to doctors. The favoured key to doing so has been the doctrine of informed consent. The success of informed consent depends on two things. First, patients must be able to understand and remember the information doctors give them. Secondly, patients must be able to analyse that information and use it to make a decision. The first of these requirements has been studied extensively. The second requirement for the success of informed consent has, in contrast, been virtually unstudied. This chapter examines a case study involving prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening to gain further insight into the way patients think about their medical choices.

Keywords:   bioethics, informed consent, medical decisions, patient choice, prostate-specific antigen

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .