Informed Consent (Medicolegal Issues)

Informed Consent (Medicolegal Issues)

The doctrine of informed consent is based upon the right of every individual to determine what shall be done to his or her body in connection with medical treatment (1). To exercise this right, the patient is entitled to information of a sufficient nature to allow him or her to make an informed decision on whether or not to consent or refuse treatment (2). Because patients are entitled to this information, physicians have a duty to make reasonable disclosures to their patients about the risks associated with proposed treatment (3). In Texas, the physician is required to make reasonable disclosure of the risks of medical treatment and must secure the authority or consent of the patient to legally perform a medical procedure (4). In 1977, the duty to obtain a patient’s informed consent was codified in statute (5). This statutory scheme governs informed consent claims. TEXAS LAW AND INFORMED CONSENT

Informed Consent (Medicolegal Issues)

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