informed consent


Definition of informed consent

: 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 The lawsuit against Jones alleges medical negligence, lack of informed consent, fraud, and battery. CBS News, "DNA tests lead "disgusted" families to doctor accused of using own sperm to inseminate women," 1 Nov. 2019 Britain’s Information Commissioner Office had leveled the fine after concluding Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by exposing it for use by app developers without informed consent., "Mayflower Wind wins second round of offshore bidding," 31 Oct. 2019 Roth and other legal experts have raised concerns that this new phenomenon of police rifling through non-criminal databases violates principles of informed consent and threatens citizens’ constitutional protections against warrantless searches. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA," 28 June 2019 For example, clear, explicit, voluntary informed consent is required for all use of data and samples belonging to research participants. Keymanthri Moodley, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s genetic material is still being misused," 23 Dec. 2019 The lack of informed consent also increases the risk of unintentional harm. Nimi Hoffman, Quartz Africa, "The problem with economists using randomized trials in developing countries," 11 Dec. 2019 The principle of informed consent has been a scientific mainstay after forced experiments on inmates in Nazi death camps came to light. New York Times, "China’s Genetic Research on Ethnic Minorities Sets Off Science Backlash," 4 Dec. 2019 Participants in rich-world medical trials are typically rich-world citizens themselves, who have, moreover, given informed consent. The Economist, "This year’s Nobel prizes prompt soul-searching among economists," 21 Nov. 2019 Birusingh’s attorney said Zaw, who is not fluent in English, signed two informed consents that were translated into Burmese and completed four consultations before undergoing the procedure. USA TODAY, "Feral pig invasion, giant Christmas pyramid, rampaging fox attacks humans: News from around our 50 states," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of informed consent

1957, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Informed consent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of informed consent

medical : a formal agreement that a patient signs to give permission for a medical procedure (such as surgery) after having been told about the risks, benefits, etc.

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Medical Definition of informed consent

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

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Legal Definition of informed consent

: 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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