Informed consent in psychiatric practice: The primacy of ethics over law

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In recent years, concern with informed consent in psychiatry has led to an overemphasis on legal formulations of the problem and a heated debate about when physician paternalism can be justified. This paper proposes that the principle of respect for persons provides better guidance for treatment decisions than do legal guidelines based on a questionable standard of competency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Sciences & the Law
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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