Informed consent is a process by which a physician or scientific researcher is required to advise each patient not only of the patient’s rights, but also of the risks and benefits of any procedure, treatment, or research study. Although the concept of informed consent seems straightforward, its application varies from place to place. As a result, the informed consent process has gradually been reduced to a legal formality that does not truly serve the interests of patients or research subjects. Ethicists Review Informed Consent Policy vs. Practice During the 1970s, ethicists in the United States began to examine the practice […]