publication . Other literature type . Article . 2013

Should we nudge informed consent

Brooks, Thom;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 May 2013
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Critics argue that nudge theory manipulates rather than respects the informed consent of patients. Cohen (2013) convincingly argues that this criticism falls short of the mark. But we might go one step further: nudges are not only defensible, there are also inescapable. Cohen’s defence should be more robust and recognize the importance of context and unavoidable framing effects. The question is not whether nudges are acceptable, but rather how they might be better employed to improve informed consent and public policy. This Open Peer Commentary will explain the inevitability of nudging. A respect for informed consent is to respect choices within context. We can ...
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