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Practitioners’ views on neuroimaging: Mental health, patient consent, and choice

Emily Borgelt, Daniel Buchman and Judy Illes

in I Know What You're Thinking

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596492
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596492.003.0008
Practitioners’ views on neuroimaging: Mental health, patient consent, and choice

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This chapter builds on the work in neuroethics of Northoff (2006) to examine the utility of advances in neuroimaging to facilitate informed consent and patient decision-making. It presents the results of an empirical study of practitioners' views on the potential application of functional neuroimaging for the clinical care of mental illness. This is one arm of a larger study of stakeholder views — practitioners, adult patients, and parents of minor patients. Before these results are presented, the chapter first reviews the conditions under which informed consent is thought to be valid, why the decision making capacity of psychiatric patients may at times be considered compromised, and what questions this raises about these patients' consent to or refusal of treatment.

Keywords: neuroethics; informed consent; patient decision-making; functional neuroimaging; mental illness; psychiatric patients

Chapter.  4947 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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