- Informed Consent
- What is informed consent and what does it mean?
- Why does the doctor need me to sign a consent form?
- What are the legal requirements of informed consent?
- Who besides the patient is allowed to consent?
- Are there times when the usual consent requirements do not apply?
- How will I be given information for 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’s 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 about informed consent
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 say 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 of this. (See the next section, “What if I don’t want the treatment that’s being offered?”)
Last Medical Review: 05/20/2016
Last Revised: 07/28/2014