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Dr. Abraham Morse
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Informed Consent (Overview)

Informed consent is the process of communication between a patient and physician that helps a patient make an educated decision regarding a medical intervention. The physician must provide thorough information to the patient regarding his/her diagnosis, potential treatment, risks and benefits of the treatment, and alternative options.


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What exactly is informed consent?

What exactly is informed consent?

Risks/Alter/Benefits: In medical matters, informed consent implies that a patient has been given clear understanding of the risks, alternatives, and benefits of a particular treatment and has the mental faculties to comprehend the information. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Morse
700 doctors shared insights

Informed Consent (Overview)

Informed consent is the process of communication between a patient and physician that helps a patient make an educated decision regarding a medical intervention. The physician must provide thorough information to the patient regarding his/her diagnosis, potential treatment, risks and benefits of the treatment, and alternative options.


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Explain the process of informed consent please?

Explain the process of informed consent please?

A dilemma: A nervous patient needing an extraction wants to know exactly what is about to happen. He obviously has elevated BP due to nervousness, I am about to raise it even more with the anesthesia (epi). Do i really need to explain the details of how i will cut the gums and bone and the inherent dangers? Will this not increase the risks to him & what will it accomplish? There's no real alternative tx! ...Read more

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Explain the process of getting informed consent ?

Patient-doctor: The doctor/patient relationship is so important to achieve a positive outcome. The doctor discusses: the diagnosis or problem that is being addressed, the options that are available to correct the problem, the pros and cons of each option, his or her recomendations and why, risks/benefits, likely outcome and clinical course, if it involves a procedure the surgeon should relate his own experience. ...Read more

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In the field of medicine, what is informed consent?

In the field of medicine, what is informed consent?

Risks benefits: and alternatives of proposed treatment are discussed ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best way to define "informed consent"?

Legal definition: Ic is a responsibility that a physician has, to reveal what a reasonably prudent physician employing reasonable care would tell a patient as to whatever reasonably foreseeable risks of harm might result from a proposed course of treatment. This disclosure must be done in a way that a patient, exercising ordinary care can intelligently exercise judgment by balancing probable risks and benefits. ...Read more

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As poa, do I need to tell my loved one about informed consent?

Most definitely: In the end, it's your decision since they singed that away to you, but it's the only right thing. ...Read more

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What's a truly informed consent form for someone with mood disorders?

Informed consent: First there is a discussion of your health issue, and recommendation for treatment. Alternate treatments and questions from patient will be answered. Your support, family and friends will be involved. The process is more about the risk/benefit analysis, and making the best decision for your health. Its not about your level of information retention. Make sure your family is with you. ...Read more

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What is the best way to define "informed consent" for an elderly person?

Informed Consent: Hello! this is a form that explains what procedure you are having, why it is being done, the risks, benefits, and allows you to ask the doctor any questions you may have prior to saying you will allow them to perform anything on you. If you don't agree with what is in the informed consent, you don't sign and the doctor cannot perform the procedure.. ...Read more

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Why is informed consent overlooked when it comes to resident obstetric treatment?

It shouldn't: All procedures should go through an informed consent process regardless of who is doing the procedure. You do not need to give consent to be seen by a resident. It is your choice to go to a teaching hospital. If you don't want that, don't go there. A resident is a licensed doctor who is undergoing specialty training. ...Read more

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Who do you talk to, the nurse when the doctor doesn't tell you about informed consent.?

Who do you talk to, the nurse when the doctor doesn't tell you about informed consent.?

Another doctor: If your doctor hasn't made arrangements to properly inform you about the risks, benefits and alternatives to surgery as well as other important things like what the scars will be like, how to care for incisions or physical restrictions post-op, then it is probably time to see another doctor unless you are on death's door. It's the doctor's responsibility, not the nurse's! ...Read more

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Tpa (alteplase) fail & they wait to do surgery until family is located. Too late by then for surgery. Er dr couldnt do surgery cuz he didn't have informed consent.?

Not nessecarily: It depends on the situation and the emergent nature of the procedure needed. It is always preferred, to have informed consent prior to doing anything, but under certain situations/emergencies a life saving procedure can be performed even if informed concent is not possible. ...Read more

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I am informed you have to exercise but how many and what?

I am informed you have to exercise but how many and what?

Exercise: The average person works, takes care of chores, and some even chase kids and do errands. Still, this doesn't amount to regular, daily, sustained exercise. We are creatures designed to run away from saber tooth tigers. We don't do that anymore. But we still need regular daily exercise to be healthy. Research suggests its 10, 000 steps a day. That's basically 25 min a day walking. ...Read more

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Please inform about cholesterol levels in jaggery?

Please inform about cholesterol levels in jaggery?

None: There is no cholesterol in jaggery. However, you do need to control your intake of sugar. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of an informed decision?

Informed decision: Informed decision = being educated about options before making a choice or giving consent. ...Read more

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I am informed how long the ureters are, but my question is how wide are they (or in diameter)?

I am informed how long the ureters are, but my question is how wide are they (or in diameter)?

Here are some ...: Ureteral length in adults is about 22-26 cm; its diameter is about 0-4 mm depending upon its phase of peristalsis which is related with the pace of urine production and transportation. These figures are the approximate under its normal condition. ...Read more

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I have just been informed I have osteopoikilosis. Your site suggests this is a non problem but why am i experiencing so much pain?

I have just been informed I have osteopoikilosis.  Your site suggests this is a non problem but why am i experiencing so much pain?

Xray finding: That is an xray finding. Not all xray findings correlate with symptoms. This xray finding is unlikely the source of your pain. Clinical exam and history are just as important in making your diagnosis. ...Read more