Response to “Psychiatric Diagnoses and Informed Consent”


David Brendel, The Journal of Clinical Ethics 29, no. 2 (Summer): 100-1. 


A patient’s rights to informed consent and self-determination in psychiatric treatment are well enshrined, but the same rights have not yet been meaningfully extended to patients with regard to psychiatric diagnosis. Andrew Clark’s essay entitled “Psychiatric Diagnoses and Informed Consent” in The Journal of Clinical Ethics empowers both psychiatrists and patients to rethink who “owns” the process of clinical assessment and of bestowing diagnostic labels that may have far-reaching consequences. Clark’s article represents a noteworthy breakthrough in the field’s ongoing journey toward enhancing informed consent, personal dignity, and patients’ active involvement in their own care.




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