Informed Consent Medical Definition
“What is Informed Consent?”
Informed Consent medical definition: Informed consent is defined as permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits. In other words, informed consent is when a patient agrees to care with the full knowledge of the benefits as well as risks of medical treatment.
Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice Cases
Physicians engaged in patient-physician relationships involving medical informed consent have a moral responsibility to find the best treatments available for their patients and to discuss with their patients the full benefits as well as all of the potential risks. This exchange of information is the foundation of the patient-physician partnership and promotes informed decision making in the most complex medical situations.
If a doctor or physician performs any treatment or procedure without his or her patient’s informed consent, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.
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