1st Edition

Cross-Cultural and Religious Critiques of Informed Consent

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the challenges of informed consent in medical intervention and research ethics, considering the global reality of multiculturalism and religious diversity. Even though informed consent is a gold standard in research ethics, its theoretical foundation is based on the conception of individual subjects making autonomous decisions. There is a need to reconsider autonomy as relational—where family members, community and religious leaders can play an important part in the consent process. The volume re-evaluates informed consent in multicultural contexts and features perspectives from Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is valuable reading for scholars interested in bioethics, healthcare ethics, research ethics, comparative religions, theology, human rights, law and sociology.

    Introduction (Joseph Tham)

    Part I: Multiculturalism and relational autonom

    1. Ethical Issues Concerning Informed Consent in Translational/Clinical Research (Alberto García Gómez and Mirko Daniel Garasic)

    2. Informed Consent and Minors in a Multicultural Society (Mirko Daniel Garasic and Fabio Macioce)

    3. Community Engagement in the Informed Consent Process in Global Clinical Research: International Recommendations and Guidelines (Margherita Daverio)

    4. Family and Healthcare Decision Making: Cultural Shift from the Individual to the Relational Self (Joseph Tham and Marie Catherine Letendre)

    Part II: Religious perspectives on informed consent

    5. Informed Consent: A Critical Response from a Buddhist Perspective (Ellen Y. Zhang)

    6. A Confucian View of Informed Consent in Biomedical Practice (Ruiping Fan)

    7. Hindu Norms on Human Experimentation: Parsing Classical Texts (John Lunstroth)

    8. Informed Consent and Clinical Trials: A Jewish Perspective (David Heyd)

    9. Christian Perspectives on Informed Consent (Laura Palazzani)

    10. Fitting Informed Consent onto an Islamic Moral Landscape and within Muslim Contexts (Aasim I. Padela)


    Joseph Tham is Full Professor in the School of Bioethics at Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.

    Alberto García Gómez is Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, and Professor in the School of Bioethics at Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.

    Mirko Daniel Garasic is a researcher at LUMSA University and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at LUISS University in Rome, Italy.