Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 86, Issue 1, pp 91-99

First online:

Exploring the Patient Consent Process in Community Pharmacy Practice

  • Cicely RocheAffiliated withSchool of Pharmacy, Trinity College
  • , Felicity KelliherAffiliated withSchool of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology Email author 

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This article explores the patient consent process in modern community pharmacy practice and discusses the related ethical dilemmas in this environment. The myth of appropriately informed consent, and irrefutable evidence as to a pharmacist’s intentions when advising a patient, are core issues for discussion. The objective is to clarify where such dilemmas may exist in the consent process and to ultimately form a framework against which ethical guidelines might facilitate resolution of the dilemma faced by the pharmacist who is expected to simultaneously maintain legal and duty of care responsibilities in the patient consent process.


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