Informed consent

The term ‘informed consent’ is used to describe the autonomous authorisation of a person, often in a medical context. The power to give consent enables a person to decide whether a certain specified act is – morally and legally – allowed or not. The requirement of informed consent is considered to be one of the basic tenets of medical ethics, where patients and research subjects are empowered to give a voluntary consent, which requires the understanding of sufficient and adequate information.

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