Informed consent in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services: a global scoping review of qualitative studies

UNU-IIGH and HRP’s new research explores notion and complexities of consent in SRH

Individuals have the fundamental right to make autonomous, free, and informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health (SRH). However, navigating the complexities of informed consent in SRH services is complex. The United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) conducted a thorough systematic scoping review, analysing 130 qualitative studies covering diverse global regions and crucial SRH topics, from antenatal screening to contraceptive services. Key findings underscored the intricate dynamics between patients, providers, and consent processes, highlighting the influence of power differentials and trust. This review sheds light on the multifaceted nature of consent, emphasizing the critical role of social, cultural, economic, and legal factors in shaping individuals' autonomy within SRH services.  

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