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Title: Implied consent and nursing practice: ethical or convenient?
Other Authors: Cole, C.
Keywords: Attitude of Health Personnel
Implied Consent
Informed Consent
Personal Autonomy
Nurses' Understanding
Nursing Practice
Day of Surgery Admission
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Citation: Nurs Ethics. 2012 Jul;19(4):550-7.
Abstract: Nursing professionals in a variety of practice settings routinely use implied consent. This form of consent is used in place of or in conjunction with informed or explicit consent. This article looks at one aspect of a qualitative exploratory study conducted in a Day of Surgery Admission unit. This article focuses on the examination of nurses' understandings of implied consent and its use in patient care in nursing practice. Data were collected through one-on-one interviews and analysed using a thematic analysis. Nurses participating in this study revealed that they routinely used implied consent in their nursing practice. This article will look at whether implied consent supports or impedes a patient's autonomy.
Description: This article forms part of a larger study that was supported by Epworth HealthCare through the award of a scholarship (2008).
DOI: 10.1177/0969733011436028
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ISSN: 0969-7330
Journal Title: Nursing Ethics
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: School of Nursing, University of Ballarat, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Prospective Cohort Study
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