Informed Consent between Theory and Practice


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FORMAT | Presented paper              

LANGUAGE | English

HOW TO CITE| Frunză, A., & SANDU, Antonio (2016). Informed Consent between Theory and Practice. Prezentată la World LUMEN Congress 2016. Logos Universality Mentality Education Novelty| 15th LUMEN Anniversary Edition| 12- 17 April 2016| Iasi, Romania.

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Research problem: We aim to identify how ethics is applied to medical practice (as in medical research), namely how Informed Consent (IC) is used by medical care institutions in North Eastern Romania as an ethical tool.
In an initial brief analysis of hospitalization forms from a public clinical recovery hospital, we noticed that the hospitalization forms included a number of informative paragraphs including the role of IC. With regard to the IC for therapeutic intervention, was included a request for agreement to participate as a human subject in further medical research. We are interested in whether or not a broad formulation of IC could be ethically used for allowing the conducting of studies and for further publication of the resulting data including when we are dealing with rare cases, or rare genetic mutations, etc.).
Methodology: We are in the process of content analysis as to whether or not the formulation of such paragraphs could involve any issues when it comes to applying such ethical tools. This will be particularly important in situations in which the patients who are being asked to sign such statements could potentially be participants in research programmes whose purpose, specifics, benefits or risks are not made known to them.
Conclusion: A broad formulation of IC forms can raise serious ethical concerns in terms of patients’ rights.


Ethics, bioethics, social work, research ethics.