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