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lack of informed consent frequently asked questions

Informed consent means giving a patient all of the information they need to understand a procedure or treatment that is being offered to them, in order to help them make a decision about whether to agree to that treatment or decline it. 
Your medical team should give you a form to sign prior to any physically invasive procedure, such as surgery. The form will set out in writing the details of the procedure, the risks and potential outcomes. 
In situations where a person cannot consent to treatment – say they are unconscious after a serious car accident – and there is no one else who can make decisions on their behalf, then medical staff can make treatment decisions themselves provided it is in the patient’s best interests. Otherwise, parents or guardians can usually make these decisions. 

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