Consent in Surgical Practice

Abstract

Informed consent addresses core principles of medical ethics—beneficence, nonmaleficence and autonomy. In this era of ever-increasing legal and social scrutiny of complex surgical procedures, informed consent is not just an ethical debate but a legal requirement. Unfortunately, many surgeons, to their own peril, still see it as a mere formality. This article deliberates upon informed consent process in surgical practice with emphasis on Indian perspectives and discusses common scenarios and special situations through legal citations in order to sensitize surgeons regarding their obligations pertaining to informed consent.

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Kumar, B., Ali, M., Kumar, M. et al. Consent in Surgical Practice. Indian J Surg (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12262-020-02698-7

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Keywords

  • Informed consent
  • Surgery
  • Jurisprudence
  • Ethics