Informed Consent in Societies with Different Ethos of ‘Selfhood’

Informed Consent in Societies with Different Ethos of ‘Selfhood’
Muna Al-Saadoon, Samir Al-Adawi
Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 12 May 2019;19(1) pp. e1–3
It has been well established that many illnesses, disabilities and distress are influenced by psychosocial factors.1 These psychosocial factors are central to the predisposition, onset, course, and outcome of illnesses.2 Thus, biopsychosocial factors are of major importance in designing intervention and management plans. According to Sirri et al., “When patient behaviors differ from those expected or recommended by physicians, the greater this discrepancy, the less likely the course of the disease will be predicted solely by bio medical factors” (P. 74).3 However, social and cultural factors appear to be marginalised when applying informed consent in traditional societies around the world where factors underpinning cultural beliefs or practices and social behaviour might be different to what is often taught in medical schools…

Editor’s note: Full text of this excerpt can be found at the title link

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