Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: The Healer’s Power

  • Informed choice versus informed consent

    George L. Spaeth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   Before initiating an action that may harm a patient, it is customary to obtain informed consent, with the generally accepted purpose of respecting the patient’s autonomy and protecting the person initiating the action: “Obtaining patients’ consent . . . demonstrates respect for patient autonomy and should help prevent…