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Cross-Cultural and Religious Critiques of Informed Consent

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ISBN 9781032073132
October 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Joseph Tham

Part I - Multiculturalism and relational autonomy

1 Ethical issues concerning informed consent in translational / clinical research

Alberto García Gómez, Mirko Daniel Garasic

2 Informed Consent and Minors in a Multicultural Society

Mirko Daniel Garasic, 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, 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

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Joseph Tham is a 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 a 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.