informed consent

noun

: consent to surgery by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved

Examples of informed consent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Going forward, the report advises, the Smithsonian should not collect, display or use remains for research purposes without the informed consent of the deceased or their descendants. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Both contract agreements included some guardrails against the technology, such as informed consent, but actors and writers alike have called these protections disappointing. Mike Gagliardi, NBC News, 27 Jan. 2024 And doing therapy without explicit informed consent, especially in front of a crowd, is inherently unethical. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 Sharing content of children, especially without their informed consent—which children are often too young to provide—can violate their privacy. Melissa Willets, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 The study argues that children cannot consent to taking part in highly dangerous activities such as impact sports, nor can adults give informed consent on their behalf. Issy Ronald, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 And some institutions, including Harvard University, pursued destructive scientific studies on those remains without the informed consent of descendants. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 26 Dec. 2023 Only 5% have a publicly available formal policy commitment to obtain free, prior and informed consent—a distinct right granted to indigenous peoples. WSJ, 20 Dec. 2023 In many cases, informed consent is obtained for neither the image uploaded nor the results that the technology returns, which can include the biometric data of private individuals. Deidre Olsen, WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of informed consent was in 1957

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“Informed consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/informed%20consent. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

informed consent

noun
in·​formed consent in-ˌfȯrmd- How to pronounce informed consent (audio)
: consent to surgery by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved

Legal Definition

informed consent

noun
: consent to medical treatment by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved and especially of the risks

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