Discussion Groups » Consent. » How voluntary is consent in some cultural contexts?.

I just read the article by Aisha Malik "Physician-researchers’ experiences of the consent process in the socio-cultural context of a developing country", and think it raises some very interesting points. I have seen similar issues in some of the research I have participated in. Whenever there is a lack of education, patients will often readily consent to whatever the doctor says. So if the doctor asks them if they wish to participate in research, they will say yes - without understanding what exactly they've agreed to. They say yes because they think that is the 'correct' answer, and that if this is something the doctor is proposing, it must be good. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to ensure that consent is truly voluntary?

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