Informed Consent and Decision-Making
Informed consent and shared decision making are fundamental to good medical practice.
Obtaining informed consent takes place at the outset of the doctor-patient relationship, and sets the tone for future interactions.
This section explains why the exchange of information between doctor and patient is essential to good decision making. Serious harm can result if patients are not listened to, or if they are not given the information they need – and time and support to understand it – so they can make informed decisions about their care.
This section provides support for you in your conversations with your patients; and helps you to be confident you’re sharing the information they need to make decisions that are right for them.
By applying the principles in this section, you will get help to make sure that you have informed consent from your patient.
In particular, you will get help with:
What you should tell a patient when talking about risks.
What to do if your patient doesn’t want to hear information you think is relevant.
What to do if your patient may lack capacity to make a decision
What you should record.