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Valid consent to medical treatment

Cave, Emma

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When consent to medical treatment is described as ‘valid’, it might simply mean that it has a sound basis, or it could mean that it is legally valid. Where the two meanings are regularly interchanged, however, it can lead to aspects of the sound basis or the legal requirements being neglected. This article looks at how the term is used in a range of guidance on consent to treatment and argues for consistency.


Cave, E. (2021). Valid consent to medical treatment. Journal of Medical Ethics, 47(12), Article e31.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 23, 2020
Publication Date Nov 29, 2021
Deposit Date May 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2021
Journal Journal of Medical Ethics
Print ISSN 0306-6800
Electronic ISSN 1473-4257
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 12
Article Number e31


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