Adequate Information, Competence, and Coercion

Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:
  Adequate Information, Competence, and Coercion

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This chapter discusses what information doctors should be morally required to give to patients, and whether it should include the new kinds of information that doctors must know. Showing that the task a patient must be competent to perform is that of making a rational decision clarifies the relationship between rationality and competence, and explains the inadequacy of all previous accounts of competence. The chapter also explains why what counts as coercion with regard to research volunteers is not the same as what counts as coercion with regard to patients.

Keywords: valid consent; rationality; informed consent; understand; appreciate

Chapter.  12028 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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