n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Can involuntarily admitted patients give informed consent to participation in research?
|Article Title||Can involuntarily admitted patients give informed consent to participation in research?|
|Journal||South African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Author||C.W. Van Staden|
|Publication Date||Feb 2007|
|Pages||10 - 12|
|Keyword(s)||Categorical approach, Ethics, Functional approach, Informed consent, Involuntary submitted patients, Patient protection and Research participation|
ISI Social Science
The article argues that a functional approach is ethically better than a categorical approach in deciding whether involuntarily admitted patients have the capacity to give informed consent to participation in research. Congruent with current South African laws, a functional approach requires that a patient's capacity to give informed consent to participation in research should be assessed clinically rather than assumed by virtue of his / her belonging to a category of legal admission status. Concerns about protection against exploitation may cause a categorical approach to appear attractive, but these concerns can be addressed deliberately through a functional approach without attracting the infringements of rights and entitlements of patients that are brought about by a categorical approach.
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