Inquest raising informed consent issues

The Inquest into the death of Kenneth Mawby arose following the suicide of Mr Mawby after a deep brain stimulation procedure (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease.

The findings touch on a number of interesting points including:

  • Debate between the experts as to whether the deceased should have been warned of the post-operative risk of suicide, or whether that may be counter-productive (perhaps a therapeutic privilege argument): [47]
  • Whether “class 1 evidence” (systematic review or meta-analysis of random controlled trials) of such a risk was necessary before it should be included in a warning to a patient: [54]
  • The merits of involving the family in discussions, given their role in post-operative care: [60]

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