Informed Consent

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What if I want my doctor to make the decisions about my care, and I don’t want more information?

Some people prefer not to know a great deal about their diagnosis or treatment. Just as you have a right to informed consent, you have a right to refuse information. Or you can ask for only minimal information and trust your health provider to make decisions for you. At the same time, informed consent laws do not allow a health provider to keep a diagnosis from the patient, even at the family’s request. If you wish to refuse information in today’s legal environment, a wise health care provider will likely require you to put that in writing in the form of a waiver or other document.


Last Medical Review: 07/27/2012
Last Revised: 07/27/2012