From the Nuremberg Code to the Hippocratic Oath, physicians pledge to be devoted to the service of their patients. The ethical principle of INFORMED CONSENT is paramount ... but has been crucially ignored throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC has issued an updated guidance concerning patient consent.
The Law and Informed Consent - A primer.
The ethical principle of 'informed consent' is of paramount importance for medical decision making. This concise review of the legal standard concerning 'informed consent' is written in plain language and thoughtfully lays out the main principles. Dr. David Morgan, the author, is a practicing forensic psychiatrist in BC who regularly provides teaching of this subject matter to post-graduate psychiatry residents who are training at UBC.
Post World War II declaration to prevent future medical experimentation on human beings without consent.
Search for Nuremberg Code at Children's Health Defense.
Do no harm!
The modern Hippocratic Oath is often considered a framework for ethical behaviour and decision-making in medicine. The 4 main tenets for ethical decision making are:
1. Beneficence (do good)
2. Non-maleficence (do no harm)
3. Autonomy (the right of self determination)
4. Justice (fair access to resources)