3 Journal of Law and the Biosciences 2 (2016)
Though intended to educate patients on the risks, benefits, side effects and alternatives within medical treatment, informed consent documents may have unanticipated consequences for patients. Patients may regard these forms as little more than a ritual to access treatment. Or patients may perceive that these forms exist to protect doctors rather than to contribute to a meaningful, patient-protective educational interaction. To rehabilitate the informed consent project, this essay considers the baggage that informed consent documents have acquired through practical use, explores patients' and providers' lived experience of informed consent, and considers whether a multimedia consent application would be a viable solution to the various difficulties that currently erode perceptions of and confidence in the informed consent process.
Madeira, Jody L. and Andraka-Christou, Barbara, "Paper Trails, Trailing Behind: Improving Informed Consent to IVF Through Multimedia Applications" (2016). Articles by Maurer Faculty. 2577.