- 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
How can I find out more?
If you need more information about informed consent, you can talk with your local Legal Aid Society, the Cancer Legal Resource Center, or a lawyer. (See the “To learn more” section for contact information.) You can contact your American Cancer Society, too (1-800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org). Also check the “To learn more” section for information on how to find local legal resources through the American Bar Association.
Last Medical Review: 05/20/2016
Last Revised: 07/28/2014