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Minerva Medicolegale 2005 March;125(1):19-29

language: Italian

Psychiatry and informed consent. Informed consent in voluntary psychiatric treatments

Viazzi F.


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The psychiatric patient seems often like a subject disqualified, to put under tutelage: the validity of his consent to treatments represent a trouble of psychiatric terapy; ethics and laws preventing, even in judical frameworks the imposition of sanitary deeds. For sanitary treatments meaning the whole of actions maked from who praticse the sanitary profession; treatments must looking at well-being of patients respecting the consent of a subject duly informed of the agreed actions. The strength of consent is conditioned from the psychopathological state of patient; there are troubles who most easily compromising the resolutive capacity: coscience alterations, schizophrenia, psychotic bothers, organic troubles and dementia. The way whom given the information lay the basis off physician-patient relation: in psychiatry must make at the first place the inividual, fit into preformed models with difficulty, which consent must have specifc characters, that is to be personal, free and spontaneous, conscious and actual.

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