Public Opinion Regarding Consent to Treatment

Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Vol. 41, pp. 112-116, 1993

Posted: 18 Sep 2017

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Peter A. Singer

University of Toronto

Sujit Choudhry

Center for Constitutional Transitions; Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Jane Armstrong

Independent

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

This article examines public opinion regarding certain elements of consent: disclosure, advance directives, substitute decisions, emergency and advocacy, drawing on a randomly-selected sample of adults (n=1000) living in Ontario. With regard to disclosure, 33% of respondents said that a doctor should withhold information from a patient if asked to do so by the patient’s family. With regard to advance directives, 36% of respondents had had advance discussions with their families, and 12% had completed a living will. With regard to substitute decisions, 77% of respondents said that they would want their wishes followed if they were unable to make medical decisions for themselves; 58% wanted their spouse or partner to make such decisions for them. With regard to emergency treatment, 48% of respondents stated that a doctor should give a life-saving blood transfusion to an unconscious adult carrying a card stating that blood transfusion was against his or her religious beliefs. These data highlight the need to reconsider legislative provisions and/or target public education programs toward specific consent-related issues.

Suggested Citation

Singer, Peter A. and Choudhry, Sujit and Armstrong, Jane, Public Opinion Regarding Consent to Treatment (1993). Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Vol. 41, pp. 112-116, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3026331

Peter A. Singer

University of Toronto ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S 3G8
Canada

Sujit Choudhry (Contact Author)

Center for Constitutional Transitions ( email )

HOME PAGE: constitutionaltransitions.org

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

Jane Armstrong

Independent ( email )

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