Transparency: Informed Consent in Primary Care
Hastings Center Report. 1989 Sep/Oct; 19(5): 5-9.
Current legal standards of informed consent send the wrong message to physicians about their moral and legal expectations. A "transparency" model that sees consent as a conversation process can enhance good medical practice and patient autonomy without foreclosing appropriate judicial review. According to the transparency model, the key to reasonable disclosure is not adherence to existing standards of other practitioners, nor....to a list of risks that a hypothetical reasonable patient would want to know. Instead, disclosure is adequate when the physician's basic thinking has been rendered transparent to the patient.
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