15. Informed consent and cultural diversity

Informed consent is a concept which outlines the responsibility of effective communication between doctor and patient, and is designed to inform the patient of their medical situation so that they can subsequently make informed decisions. If the communication is already difficult in "normal" situations, it is further complicated when there is no common language or where the same words have different meanings. The objective of this notebook is to detail certain features of informed consent in a multicultural context with contributions from researchers, professors and professionals in the field of health services.