The myth about consent forms

The myth about consent forms
Russell Heathcote-Curtis
BDJ In Practice, 6 April 2020
Open Access
…The consent process is not about creating legal protection for the clinical team that will be providing treatment. It is a communication process that reflects the autonomy of the patient who will be receiving that treatment. Any consent form that you have asked the patient to sign, should be regarded as just one small part of the overall record of the communication that has taken place between patient and clinician in advance of treatment being provided. The larger part of the record needs to capture the essence of the information provided to the patient, the issues raised by any of the treatment options and the clinician’s response along with the patient’s final decision about their preferred choice from the options discussed…

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