This important book proposes revising the current informed consent prool for predictive genetic testing to reflect the trend toward patient-centered medicine. Emphasizing the predictive aspect of testing, the author analyzes the state of informed consent procedure in terms of three components: comprehension of risk assessment, disclosure to select appropriate treatment, and voluntariness. The book's revised model revisits these cornerstones, restructuring the consent process to allow for expanded comprehension time, enhanced patient safety, greater patient involvement and autonomy, and reduced chance of coercion by family or others. A comparison of the current and revised versions and case studies showing the new model in real-world applications add extra usefulness to this resource.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Predictive Genetic Testing.- The History and Components of Informed Consent.- Revised Model of Informed Consent.- Application of the Revised Model.- Conclusion.
Jessica Minor is an assistant professor of health sciences at Bob Jones University, where she teaches public health, global health, and medical ethics. She received her doctoral degree in health care ethics from Duquesne University. Previously, she was a member of the ethics committee at the University of Connecticut Health Center and an adjunct faculty member of Medical Ethics for UConn’s medical school. Dr. Minor's main focus is genetic ethics, medical ethics, and patient understanding of the genetic testing and counseling process.