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Rom J Leg Med23(2)143-150(2015)
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Is a full-fledged informed consent viable in prison environments?

D. Dermengiu, S. Hostiuc, M. Simionescu, I. Marcus, V. Asavei, E. V. Gherghe, E. Badila

Abstract: Correctional medicine is associated with unique medical ethics issues that are often difficult to interpret using fundamental ethical principles from clinical medicine. However, all physicians must perform the medical act in accordance with these principles. Informed consent is a controversial issue in prison medicine as there are numerous elements that may decrease the autonomy of the patient, and/or alter significantly their decisional capacity. The purpose of this study is to analyse the possibility of using a truly informed consent by clinicians in prison environments, and find the approach that maximizes the autonomy of the prisoner-patient by using a deconstructive approach to the concept. We will focus solely on the adult prisonerpatient, who, in an outside environment, would have decisional capacity.
Keywords: informed consent, prison medicine, decisional capacity.

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