Some popular versions of uninformed consent

Health Care Anal. 2000;8(1):41-53. doi: 10.1023/A:1009421824028.


A patient's informed consent is required by the Nuremberg code, and its successors, before she can be entered into a clinical trial. However, concern has been expressed by both patients and professionals about the beneficial or detrimental effect on the patient of asking for her consent. We examine advantages and drawbacks of popular variations on consent, which might reduce the stress on patients at the point of illness. Both informed and uninformed responses to particular trials, and trials in general, are discussed. The selection by doctors of patients, to whom entry to trials will be offered, is explored. Alternative forms of consent require restrictions on patients' knowledge, personal responsibility and freedom of choice.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Freedom
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Selection*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Therapeutic Human Experimentation*