The What, Why, Who, When and How of Informed Consent and Informed Refusal
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Informed consent is an interactive process between a patient and the physician, not a form or a one-time conversation. The same holds true for informed refusal, which is the process of communication when a patient refuses medications, treatment, diagnostic tests or procedures, or interventions such as surgery. This advisory will review the what, why, who, when and how of informed consent and informed refusal, as well as best practices for documentation and risk management to emphasize the importance of engaging patients with their treatment while reducing potential liability.
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