What is Informed Consent (IC)?
- The general rule is that the clinician must not undertake medical procedures on patients without their informed consent
- Informed consent is the voluntary agreement by a patient to a proposed health care management approach given after proper and adequate information is conveyed to the patient about the proposed management, including potential risks and benefits and alternative management options.
- Failure to obtain a patient’s may expose a medical practitioner to a claim of negligence or on occasions for assault
What are the requirements for valid consent?
For consent to be valid:
- It must be given voluntarily and not coerced or induced by fraud or deceit.
- It must cover the procedure undertaken.
- It must be given by a person with legal capacity.
- The patient needs to have an awareness and understanding of the proposed procedure or treatment, and its known material risks.