oa South African Family Practice - Informed consent and cultural sensitivity : letter to the editor

Volume 47, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(5) 4 Informed consent and cultural sensitivity To the editor - The case study by Tshifularo et al.1 raises at least three issues. 1. Informed consent. As we read it, the patient seems to have been hesitant to have only the medically indicated tonsillectomy performed because of his cultural belief. Therefore, the patient 'reluctantly gave his informed consent' to the tonsillectomy. Either the choice of words was unfortunate or the informed consent was in fact no consent at all. To be valid, informed consent must always be voluntary; i.e. agreement to [a procedure / treatment etc.]). Any ..

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error