BMC Medical Ethics
(Accessed 14 Aug 2021)
South African traditional values and beliefs regarding informed consent and limitations of the principle of respect for autonomy in African communities: a cross-cultural qualitative study
The Western-European concept of libertarian rights-based autonomy, which advocates respect for individual rights, may conflict with African cultural values and norms. African communitarian ethics focuses on the interests of the collective whole or community, rather than rugged individualism. Hence collective decision-making processes take precedence over individual autonomy or consent. This apparent conflict may impact informed consent practice during biomedical research in African communities and may hinder ethical principlism in African bioethics. This study explored African biomedical researchers’ perspectives regarding informed consent and potential limitations to the principle of respect for autonomy in African communities.
Authors: Francis Akpa-Inyang and Sylvester C. Chima
Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2021 22:111
Content type: Research article
Published on: 14 August 2021