Ethical obligation and legal requirements: On informed consent practices in Bangladesh

Ethical obligation and legal requirements: On informed consent practices in Bangladesh
Original Article
Sonia Mannan, Jobair Alam, K. M. Ashbarul Bari, S. M. A. A. Mamun, Rehnuma Mehzabin Orin
Developing World Bioethics, 19 May 2022
Abstract
Informed consent to medical intervention is fundamental in both ethics and law. But in practice it is often not taken seriously in developing countries. This paper provides an appraisal of informed consent practices in Bangladesh. Following a review of the ethical and legal principles of informed consent, it assesses the degree to which doctors adhere to it in Bangladesh. Based on findings of non-compliance, it then investigates the reasons for such non-compliance through an appraisal of informed consent practices in Bangladesh and provides recommendations aimed at improving such practices. The significance of this paper lies in unveiling the interdependence between the ethical and legal traits of informed consent and their ramifications on strengthening the patient-oriented approach of duty to care.

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