- Informed Consent
- What is informed consent and what does it involve?
- Why does the doctor need me to sign a consent form?
- What are the legal requirements of informed consent?
- How will I be given information for an informed consent?
- What questions should I ask during informed consent?
- Can I change my mind after I’ve signed the consent?
- What if I don’t want the treatment that is being offered?
- How is informed consent for a clinical trial or research study different from consent for standard treatment?
- How is shared decision-making different from informed consent?
- What if I want my doctor to make the decisions about my care, and I don’t want more information?
- How can I find out more?
- To learn more
Can I change my mind after I’ve signed the consent?
You can change your mind at any time, even if you’ve already started treatment. Most consent forms mention that you also have the right to stop treatment or withdraw from a study even after you have signed a consent form. Even if the form does not mention it, you still have this right. You would need to contact the doctor in charge of your treatment or the clinical trial to make your wishes known. You may be asked to sign a form refusing further treatment so that the doctor or facility will have a legal record (see the next section, “What if I don’t want the treatment that is being offered?”).
Last Medical Review: 07/27/2012
Last Revised: 07/27/2012