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

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Besides regulating consumer products, FDA protects subjects in clinical trials by reviewing informed consent and other ethical practices. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 2019 As a result of the investigation, a spokeswoman said in an email DoveLewis is working to consider new protocols regarding informed consent., "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 Trent Holmberg, a forensic psychiatrist, said most physicians would not consider an offender to have given informed consent to treatment if a judge, not a doctor, read them the effects of the drug, as the Alabama legislation requires. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Alabama governor signs “chemical castration” bill for some sex offenders," 11 June 2019 At the time, the regulator said that Facebook hadn’t treated its users’ data with due care, handing their personal information to third-party developers without clear and informed consent. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook to appeal UK regulator’s Cambridge Analytica fine," 21 Nov. 2018 McFatrich’s group has been pushing for a bill to strengthen Kansas' informed consent laws governing what nursing home residents and their families are told about medications before they’re given. Andy Marso And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Use of dangerous meds to sedate those with dementia not just problem in nursing homes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Britain’s Information Commissioner Office found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access to their information without informed consent. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK fines Facebook over data privacy scandal, EU seeks audit," 26 Oct. 2018 Health care models like informed consent, which essentially make medical treatment and care accessible, have given some power to transgender people who can make final decisions about what medical treatment is right for them. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What Trying to Access Health Care is Like for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People," 24 Oct. 2018 The states say the laws are important for obtaining informed consent. Pete Williams /, NBC News, "Supreme Court says California abortion notice law likely unconstitutional," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of informed consent

1957, in the meaning defined above

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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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