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Article Title

Lucy 1845

Authors

Jennie A. Gunn

Abstract

Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form. It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient's authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.

In the communications process, the physician providing or performing the treatment and/or procedure should disclose and discuss:

The patient's diagnosis, if known; The nature and purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure;

The risks and benefits of a proposed treatment or procedure;

Alternatives (regardless of their cost or the extent to which the treatment options are covered by health insurance);

The risks and benefits of the alternative treatment or procedure; and

The risks and benefits of not receiving or undergoing a treatment or procedure.

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