Psychotropic Medications and Patient Consent Introduction The issue of administering certain psychotropic medications in a situation where the person with mental illness is not capable of consent poses an ongoing ethical dilemma. The first problem to be discussed is the overall context of psychiatric nursing which seems to deny patient autonomy and at best allows for reduced autonomy. Certain medications regularly used in psychiatric nursing are known to produce the most severe side effects while the benefits of these drugs appear to be minimal by comparison. The patient normally has no control over decision making regarding such medications and the demands of informed consent are met by the understanding that the treatment is in the...The end:
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