"Decoding" informed consent. Insights from women regarding breast cancer susceptibility testing.

G. Geller, M. Strauss, B. A. Bernhardt, N. A. Holtzman

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Abstract

Cancer susceptibility testing is likely to become routine in medical practice, despite many limitations and unanswered questions. These uncertainties greatly complicate the process of informed consent, creating an excellent opportunity to reconsider exactly how it should be conducted. Research with women's reactions to the availability of genetic susceptibility testing for breast cancer dramatically underscores that informed consent ought to be highly individualized, taking care to discern what patients believe about the disease and its causes and what role they want their physician to play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalThe Hastings Center report
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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