New England Journal of Medicine
March 19, 2020 Vol. 382 No. 12
The Dishonesty of Informed Consent Rituals
Matt Bivens, M.D.
Out of respect for patient autonomy, we ritually inform patients of self-evident risks, even as we mock the very idea of informed consent by routinely prescribing combined medications that we must know will cost 10 times as much as the separate components.