Journal article

In private practice, informed consent is interpreted as providing explanations rather than offering choices: a qualitative study

Clare M Delany

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY | AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

QUESTION: How do physiotherapists working in private practice understand and interpret the meaning and significance of informed consent in everyday clinical practice? DESIGN: Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. PARTICIPANTS: Seventeen physiotherapists purposefully recruited from metropolitan private practices where treatment was on a one-on-one basis. RESULTS: Therapists defined informed consent as an implicit component of their routine clinical explanations, rather than a process of providing explicit patient choices. Therapists' primary concern was to provide information that led to a (therapist-determined) beneficial therapeutic outcome, rather than to enhance autonomous p..

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