A Story on the Difficulties in Informing the Patient
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
The story reported in this article raises some questions on informed consent. To patients with no education and no medical knowledge, how do medical professionals perform informed consent? In the situation of emergence, should medical professionals be excused from the obligation of informed consent? Or should the patient and his or her family be informed after the illness is cured? If this is so, what is the meaning of informed consent? With the conflict between the interests and the patient and the hospital, the cost is a very importance issue. How does the patient express his or her opinions effectively? Patients who have no economic capacity and no medical insurance depend on their families for medical care. How can their rights and interests are protected? What medical professionals should do if the decision of the family is against the will and interests of the individual patient?
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