Informed Consent and Refusal: A Guide to the Fundamentals

Informed consent (IC) is a two-way educational and communication process intended to prevent patients from being treated without their permission and understanding.

By asking questions and obtaining information about proposed treatments or interventions - especially invasive procedures carrying some possibility of harm - patients become aware of potential benefits, risks and alternatives prior to authorizing care. The IC process is a legal and ethical obligation, serving to enhance decision-making and protect both parties. Read More




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