African Traditional Medicine and the Question of Patients’ Presumed Consent in Difficult Medical Conditions
Salvador:Editora Segundo Selo.
The right of patients to ‘informed consent’ before the commencement of treatment is a fundamental requirement in Western healthcare practice. The first sentence of the Nuremberg Code of 1947 states that patients’ ‘informed consent’ ensures that patients understand the pros and cons of chosen treatment, and are willing to go ahead freely with the prescription given by the healthcare giver. This process is different in the African Traditional Healthcare. Patients’ consent is presumed, especially when ailments are not easily diagnosable. Once the patient’s consent is presumed, African Traditional healthcare givers go ahead to prescribe and treat patients, using best-known prescription. This paper examines the basis for ‘presumed consent’ in African Traditional Medicine, and evaluates its advantages as a procedure in healthcare practice. Data was gathered from patients and also from African Traditional healthcare givers regarding ‘presumed consent’. Gathered data were analyzed using descriptive method. It was concluded that presumed consent is a positive part of African Traditional Medicine based on the research findings.
Presumed consent , African Traditional medicine , Informed consent , Nuremberg Code of 1947 , Prescriptions , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Religion/Theology
Akin-Otiko, A. (2020). African Traditional Medicine and the Question of Patients’ Presumed Consent in Difficult Medical Conditions.