The Role of Informed Consent in Tuberculosis Testing and Screening

Eur Respir J 2012; 39: 1057–1059, DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00211611

Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper No. 2060062

7 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2012

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Carl H. Coleman

Seton Hall University School of Law

Michael Selgelid

Center for Human Bioethics, Monash University

Andreas Reis

Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade & Human Rights, World Health Organization

Lee Reichman

Global Tuberculosis Institute, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ

Ernesto Jaramillo

Stop TB Department, World Health Organization

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

Despite decades of discussion of the role of informed consent in HIV testing and screening, there has been virtually no discussion of the role of informed consent in diagnosing TB. This article fills this gap by offering a comprehensive framework for analyzing the role of informed consent to diagnostic testing generally, and then applying that framework to the specific context of TB. It concludes that, in most situations, TB testing and screening does not require a specific informed consent process, but that patients should be notified about testing and given the opportunity to object. The article identifies limited circumstances, however, in which a specific consent process should be required.

Suggested Citation

Coleman, Carl H. and Selgelid, Michael and Reis, Andreas and Reichman, Lee and Jaramillo, Ernesto, The Role of Informed Consent in Tuberculosis Testing and Screening (May 1, 2012). Eur Respir J 2012; 39: 1057–1059, DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00211611; Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper No. 2060062. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2060062

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Michael Selgelid

Center for Human Bioethics, Monash University ( email )

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Andreas Reis

Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade & Human Rights, World Health Organization ( email )

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Lee Reichman

Global Tuberculosis Institute, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ ( email )

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Ernesto Jaramillo

Stop TB Department, World Health Organization ( email )

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Geneva 27, CH-1211
Switzerland

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