The Barriers and Challenges in Obtaining Informed Consent in the Context of Vaccination

Report CoverThe Barriers and Challenges in Obtaining Informed Consent in the Context of Vaccination: Improving the health literacy of patients in relation to medical practices and research is essential for upholding the principle of respect for autonomy - that is, respecting the patient’s ability to make self-governed choices regarding medical interventions or research participation that reflect the patient’s beliefs and values. This report provides a review of informed consent challenges (i.e. ethical gaps, barriers, and priority needs) that are unique to certain vulnerable groups, namely preadolescents, adolescents, and pregnant women, with a specific emphasis on three vaccination cases: the meningitis, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines (report available here).

 

By Yasamin Ahmadi, Gill Fruchter, and Sarah Quayyum.

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