The Use Of Therapeutic Privilege On Medical Professionals And Their Patients

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What effect, if any, does the use of therapeutic privilege for deviate from fully informed consent have on medical professionals and their patients?

Aims and objectives
In medicine, because of the principles of self determination, the patient should be given all the relevant information in order to allow them to give fully informed consent. However, when doctors exercise therapeutic privilege, they apply their professional opinion to assess when information should be withheld. When a concept as fundamental as consent is undermined extensive research is necessary. Hence, why I want to investigate doctors justifications and patients reactions to therapeutic privilege.

Lawrie argues, even those most dedicated to patient autonomy will allow for the use of therapeutic privilege. Therapeutic privilege is judicially confirmed in Sidaway, and recognised in subsequent cases such as Chester. Sidaway confirms that doctors must justify why they are not fully disclosing to the patient. Therapeutic privilege occurs when information relating to treatment and the associated risks is withheld because doctors believe disclosure will have a detrimental effect, to the extent that recovery may be affected.

The research purpose is to assess therapeutic privilege in use. Therefore there are the following two objectives:
To evaluate what justifications doctors have for using therapeutic privilege in practice.
To explore the opinions of previous patients in relation to not being allowed to
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