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UNIT 6:

CONSENT

 

OUTLINE OF THE SYLLABUS

1. Interconnection of principles


a. The principle of consent is based on the principle of human dignity and human rights
b. The principle of consent is a practical specification of the principle of autonomy and individual responsibility
c. If the principle of consent cannot be applied, the provisions of Article 7 (“Persons without the capacity to consent”) are applicable.

2. What is the purpose of the principle of consent?

a. The principle of consent principle aims to achieve several objectives:
   i. it asserts the patient's autonomy;
   ii. it protects his/her status as a human being;
   iii. it prevents coercion and deception;
   iv. it encourages the doctor's self-criticism;
   v. it supports the process of rational decision-making;
   vi. it educates the public at large.

3. Interrelation between consent and autonomy

a. Human dignity is an end in itself.
b. Equality in dignity of all human beings.
c. Respect and care.
d. The interests and welfare of the individual are prior to the sole interest of society.

4. Explanation of the principle


a. Medical intervention includes diagnosis, treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and palliation
b. What is prior, free and informed consent?
c. What is adequate information?
d. What is express consent?
e. Withdrawal of consent
f. Compare the provisions for consent in scientific research with those for medical interventions
g. Consent by individual, group and community

 
   
 
FILM: Code of silence: inside the Rampart scandal. BBC Documentary Video, 2004. (D. Ellis, 2004)

Synopsis
In 1998, a scandal broke involving the Los Angeles Police Department. Earlier in the 1990s, some three dozen members of an anti-gang police task force in the Rampart Division, a unit located halfway between downtown and Hollywood, were revealed to have interrogated and brutalized residents without probable cause and then fabricated evidence to wrongfully convict more than one hundred Hispanics. Among the misdeeds of the cabal, one officer robbed a bank, another wrongfully shot and killed a resident, and at least two were involved in selling cocaine that had been confiscated during police raids. Code of Silence: Inside the Rampart Scandal, a documentary directed by Chris Sikorowski, reveals details of the scandal, which became known after one of the corrupt cops engaged in a plea bargain in 1999.