Updated GMC guidance on decision-making and consent: implications for urologists

Updated GMC guidance on decision-making and consent: implications for urologists
Research Article
Siobhan Duffy, Catriona Barlow, Mark Underwood, Elizabeth Day
Journal of Clinical Urology, 30 July 2020
Abstract
We summarise the updated General Medical Council guidance on consent and decision-making. We explore the emphasis on enabling supported decision-making and the implications this has in day to day urological practice. In particular, we address some of the issues encountered in one-stop clinics, on pooled elective lists and with pre-written consent forms. The new guidance will emphasise the importance of sharing information relevant to your patient in light of the Montgomery ruling. Every decision is unique. We must appreciate the importance of the process of decision-making and understand our role as the clinician. Here we suggest some practical considerations to address the updated General Medical Council guidance.

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