Practical Reviews

Patient Goals Affect Choices in Informed Consent Process

Informed consent is part of a process meant to help patients make informed decisions after discussing the risks and benefits of certain procedures or treatments. But how should the physician handle the situation in which the patient appears to make a bad decision? The first thing is, as the physician, to be curious: most people come to you because they want your help. If the patient is making what you consider to be a bad choice, then the question is, "What can I do to help them ma more...
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