Consent to medical care is among the most complicated ethical issues medical practitioners face. A consent represents the ethical and legal expression of a person’s freedom and self-determination respected. It is unlawful for doctors to treat patients in the absence of their consent, may it be an orally or implied consent.
A doctor may treat a patient without consent if it is a matter of necessity or an emergency. If you are a medical practitioner, the Sample Forms you will find on this page will be very much useful to you if you need a patient consent form. Just click on the download links that you can find around this page.
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Types of Consent
Before a procedure is made, a patient’s consent is needed, which is usually through a written consent. It is essential to give the patient all the information for them to understand the treatment. Our Child Travel Consent Forms are also available for you to download.
- Implied Consent – it is a form of consent that is not granted by the patient but rather concluded from person’s actions and the facts or circumstances of a particular situation, in some cases, by a person’s inaction.
- Expressed Consent – this type of consent is clearly stated rather than implied. It may be given in writing, orally, or non-verbally. If an expressed consent is not evidenced by either an audio or a video recording, it can be disputed if a party denies that a consent was given.
- Informed Consent – this consent is given by a person who has a clear regard and understanding of the facts and future consequences of the action given. A patient must be given all the information needed for them to reach a decision. Patients should not be pressured or influenced by any medical staff, even their family or friends.
- Substituted Consent – this allows the decision maker to attempt to make a decision an incompetent person would have made if they were competent.
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Information a Medical Practitioner Should Provide a Patient
A medical practitioner should consider getting the consent of the patient as a process rather than a single act. Here is a detailed list on the information a medical practitioner should provide to a patient.
- The diagnosis and prognosis
- Any uncertainties about both the prognosis and diagnosis, and options for further investigations
- Options for treating or managing, including the option not to treat the patient
- The purpose of any proposed investigation or treatment and what they would involve
- Potential risks, benefits, burdens, and a likelihood of success for each option
- The patients will always have the right to a second opinion
A person has the capacity to make a decision for themselves if they can
- understand the information relevant to the decision,
- retain the information,
- use and weigh the information as part of the decision-making process, and
- communicate the decision made.
A consent form is not needed in simple diagnostic tests or situations where your actions imply consent. If a treatment puts a patient in a vulnerable position that can possibly cause serious harm, a consent is needed to protect both the medical practitioner and the patient. A written consent is preferable in these kinds of situation. If you find our Child Medical Consent Forms useful, you may click on the link to download.
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