The objective of this paper is to explore the perceptions and experiences of providers with regard to the process of informed consent in the provision of female sterilization services in Chennai, south India. It describes the quality of information provided to clients of sterilization, providers’ attitudes toward clients and the quality of decisionmaking, as well as the quality of the consent-taking process in this setting. In addition, providers’ perceptions of the importance of informed consent are discussed. Findings strongly suggest the need to train and sensitize providers in public as well as private facilities on their ethical responsibilities of ensuring free and informed contraceptive decisionmaking. This study has important programmatic and policy implications and is intended to enhance awareness of issues related to informed consent among providers and to demonstrate the need to strengthen the role of providers in ensuring women’s right to informed consent.
Rajalakshmi. 2007. "Provider perspectives on informed consent in female sterilisation services: Findings from a facility-based study in Chennai," Health and Population Innovation Fellowship Programme Working Paper no. 3. New Delhi: Population Council.
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