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Informed consent — legal and ethical aspects

Arun Bal


Abstract

Patient autonomy is an accepted principle in medical ethics, In actual practice, this important principle is usually either ignored or only partially accepted, particularly in the Indian context. Informed consent is probably the most important concept flowing from the doctrine of autonomy. In the Indian context, informed consent was practically nonexistent till the Consumer Protection Act was made applicable to the medical profession. Now, both doctors and patients are becoming more aware about this concept, and patients are better informed of their rights.

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