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Informed Consent in Operation

  1. Oonagh Corrigan

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020655



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Corrigan, O. 2008. Informed Consent in Operation. eLS. .

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  1. University of Plymouth, Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008


Informed consent is understood as a crucial aspect in the ethical practice of research involving the use of human subjects. However, evidence based on the experiences and understanding of research participants shows that they generally do not fully comprehend the study information they have been given. Some experience the consent process as abandonment or as a request to comply with the doctor's wishes, while others actively seek out participation or take charge of research to further their own health and welfare interests. While problems surrounding the limits of consent have been addressed by focusing on ways to improve the consent process, misunderstandings are often not due to a lack of information provided or the inability of subjects to comprehend the information, but rather the preexisting beliefs, norms and expectations about the clinical encounter and the trust, hope and faith in medicine of those taking part, influence their understanding.


  • informed consent;
  • risks;
  • benefits;
  • norms;
  • expectations;
  • hope