Year: 1980 Source: Health Law in Canada, v.1, no.3, (1980), p.53-55 SIEC No: 19820963

Recent trends in medical practice have been toward giving patients increasingly full information about proposed treatment if they are capable of giving “informed” consent. This trend may have developed in part from a wish by physicians to be more open than in former years. The purpose of this article is to point out some of the difficulties in general psychiatric practice if one takes a rigid view of the duty to give full “information” before proceeding with treatment. (SIEC)