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Articles about consent

Ethical Aspects of Consent

By Paul A. Komesaroff (1) and Malcolm Parker (2)

The legal and ethical nuances of consent and their applications in health care can be challenging and controversial. Determining competence is a key task.

Consent is a central topic in bioethics. It is linked to many other key areas of concern in both ethics and health care, such as competence, autonomy, privacy and confidentiality, and the nature and extent of mutual responsibility within a community.