What is informed consent?

The concept of "informed consent" was developed on the premise of two distinct components: 

  1. patients’ rights to determine what happens to their bodies, and
  2. health professionals’ inherent duty to provide patients with enough information to make an informed decision.

Generally, for a patient’s consent to medical treatment to be acceptable

  • the consent must be voluntary,
  • the patient must have the capacity to consent, and
  • the patient must be properly informed.
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