Informed consent is about receiving the facts you need to teel comfortable about making a decision about a drug, treatment and/or procedure.
To give informed consent, it is advisable to learn:
- Your diagnosis, if known.
- The nature and purpose of a proposed drug, treatment or procedure.
- The risks and benefits of a proposed drug, treatment or procedure.
- Alternatives (regardless of their cost or the extent to which the options are covered by health insurance).
- The risks and benefits of alternative drug(s), treatment(s), and/or procedure(s).
- The risks and benefits of not receiving or undergoing a drug, treatment or procedure.
Your doctor is the usual source of this information. However, feel free to do additional research to the extent you feel it is necessary. These days, research is easy. You can do it on the internet. Click here for tips about doing medical research, tips about fraud to watch out for, and about services that will do the research for you if needed.