Legal Briefing: Informed Consent in the Clinical Context

Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 2, p. 1 (Summer 2014)

Posted: 4 Jun 2014 Last revised: 20 Sep 2014

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute

Melinda Hexum

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

Since 2009, Professor Pope has authored a quarterly "Legal Briefing" column for the Journal of Clinical Ethics. Each briefing comprehensively reviews legal developments concerning a particular issue in clinical bioethics. The Journal of Clinical Ethics owns the exclusive copyright to distribute the full-text content.

This issue’s "Legal Briefing" column covers recent legal developments involving informed consent. The authors covered this topic in previous articles in The Journal of Clinical Ethics. But an updated discussion is warranted. First, informed consent remains a central and critically important issue in clinical ethics. Second, there have been numerous significant legal changes over the past year. We categorize recent legal developments into the following 13 categories:

1. Medical Malpractice Liability

2. Medical Malpractice Liability in Wisconsin

3. Medical Malpractice Liability in Novel Situations

4. Enforcement by Criminal Prosecutors

5. Enforcement by State Medical Boards

6. Enforcement through Anti-Discrimination Laws

7. Statutorily Mandated Disclosures Related to End-of Life Counseling

8. Statutorily Mandated Disclosures Related to Aid in Dying

9. Statutorily Mandated Disclosures Related to Abortion

10. Statutorily Mandated Disclosures Related to Telemedicine

11. Statutorily Mandated Disclosures Related to Other Interventions

12. Statutorily Mandated Gag and Censorship Laws

13. Informed Consent in the Research Context

Keywords: bioethics, informed consent, clinical ethics, medical malpractice, liability, enforcement, anti-discrimination, end-of-life, mandated disclosures, aid in dying, abortion, telemedicine, censorship laws, clinicians, misdiagnosis, negligence, tort, duty of disclosure, physician, patient

JEL Classification: H51, I00, I12, I18, I19, K32, K3

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason and Hexum, Melinda, Legal Briefing: Informed Consent in the Clinical Context (January 1, 2014). Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 2, p. 1 (Summer 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445440

Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)

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Alden March Bioethics Institute ( email )

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Melinda Hexum

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

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Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

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