Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Consent to treatment: Trust matters as much as information

  • Teifion Davies (a1)
Abstract

The legal and moral status of the concept of consent are examined. The notion of informed consent as the sole basis for acceptable treatment is found to raise moral difficulties and to have potentially damaging side-effects on the relationship between doctors and patients. It is argued that developing trust between doctor and patient is crucial to obtaining valid consent.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Consent to treatment
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Consent to treatment
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Consent to treatment
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
References
Hide All
British Medical Association (1992) Rights and Responsibilities of Doctors (2nd edn). London: BMJ Publishing Group.
British Medical Association (1995) Advance Statements About Medical Treatment. London: BMJ Publishing Group.
British Medical Association & The Law Society (1995) Assessment of Mental Capacity: Guidance for Doctors and Lawyers. London: BMA.
Burns, A. & Harris, J. (1996) Ethical issues in dementia. Psychiatric Bulletin, 20, 107108.
Delaney, L., Month, S., Savulescu, J., et al (1996) Altruism by proxy: volunteering children for bone marrow donation. British Medical Journal, 312, 240243.
Department of Health (1993) Code of Practice: Mental Health Act 1983 (2nd ed). London: HMSO.
Department of Health (1996) A Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment [Replaces Health Circular HC(90)22.] London: DoH.
Dyer, C. (1996) Doctors and lawyers unite on incapacity laws. British Medical Journal, 312, 203.
General Medical Council (1995) Duties of a Doctor. Good Medical Practice. London: GMC.
Glover, J. (1990) Causing Death and Saving lives. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
Jones, G. H. (1995) Informed consent in chronic schizophrenia? British Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 565568.
Mitchell, J. (1995) A fundamental problem of consent British Medical Journal, 310, 4348.
Oyebode, F. (1996) Choosing death: the moral status of suicide. Psychiatric Bulletin, 20, 8589.
Summerton, N. (1995) Positive and negative factors in defensive medicine: a questionnaire study of general practitioners. British Medical Journal, 310, 2729.
Summerton, N. (1996) Defensive medical practice. Journal of the Medical and Dental Defence Union, 12, 89.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 4 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 43 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd January 2018 - 20th July 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Consent to treatment: Trust matters as much as information

  • Teifion Davies (a1)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *