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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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RIBEIRO, José Luís Pais. Informed consent in health psychology research: is it always necessary?. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2002, vol.3, n.1, pp.11-22. ISSN 1645-0086.

The aims of the present study are to describe and to discuss the informed consent in health research in general and, more specifically, in health psychology. We salient a distinction between human rights and ethical obligation, that is present in different codices. We discuss the meaning of informed consent in different codices (Nuremberg Code, Declaration on the Promotion of Patients' Rights in Europe, Declaration of Helsinki, Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association and British Psychological Society, and the Portuguese Law). We defend the importance of the idea of informed consent and the respect for it for the practice of health psychology.

Keywords : Ethical code; Informed consent; Nuremberg Code.

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