Unequal Opportunity for Informed Consent

It is crucial that we do not accord unequal opportunities to our clients for informed consent based on prejudice and stereotypes (see Chapter Fifteen). Research suggests that this unfortunately happens, at least occasionally, thus depriving some clients of their right to informed consent. For example, in an examination of informed consent practices, Benson (1984) found that whether important information was disclosed by a sample of physicians was systematically related to such factors as the patient's race and socioeconomic status.

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