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01. November 2017

Call for Papers Special Issue: "Informed Consent, Decision-Making Capacity, and Supported Decision Making" Eds. Julia Haberstroh, Jakov Gather, & Manuel Trachsel

In most long-living modern societies, informed consent must be obtained before conducting any clinical or research intervention. This is the legal and ethical duty to inform the individual about the type and severity of their disease; to explain the diagnosis; and to describe possible medical treatment, care, or research participation, including potential risks and benefits, so that the patient is equipped to give self-determined, voluntary consent (or dissent) in respect of a specific proposed intervention.

Like any other adult patient with or without a mental disorder, geriatric patients have the fundamental right to decide whether or not to accept a proposed medically indicated treatment or to participate in research, assuming that they have the capacity to understand the information provided and that they exhibit voluntariness in reaching a decision on that basis.

However, there remain many unanswered questions concerning the conceptualization and assessment of decision-making capacity, the scope and limitations of supported decision making, the conceptualization and traceability of voluntariness, issues of undue influence and coercion, the meaning and interpretation of patients' and healthcare professionals' values in the informed consent process, and the clinical applicability of ethical and legal standards.

"Informed Consent, Decision-making Capacity, and Supported Decision Making" the planned special issue of GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, will include both scholarly empirical and empirically substantiated conceptual articles discussing, from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, the challenges of informed consent among older people.

We cordially invite you to participate actively in this special issue by submitting your manuscript not later than November 1, 2017. We will accept full-length research reports, short research reports, clinical case reports, and short reviews.

Theoretical articles should present evaluative summaries of research findings, integrative accounts of ongoing research programs, or innovative theories and models; they may also focus on methodological issues.

Submissions will only be accepted online at www.editorialmanager.com/Gero-Psych . Please follow the online instructions for submission; if you have any queries regarding this process, please contact the publisher. We hope you will respond to our invitation, and we look forward to your contribution. This invitation does not of course guarantee publication in GeroPsych, and all submitted manuscripts will undergo a comprehensive process of peer review.