Informed Consent: The Information Component
Erlen, Judith A.
Orthopaedic Nursing. 1994 Mar-Apr; 13(2): 75-78.
Patients are asked to give informed consent for both treatment and research protocols. Yet, is their consent really informed? This article focuses on the information component of informed consent. The author discusses informed consent as it relates to the ethical principle of respect for autonomy, presents nurses' perceptions of informed consent, and makes several recommendations that nurses can use to ensure that consent is informed.