- 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
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 may require you to put that in writing.
Last Medical Review: 05/20/2016
Last Revised: 07/28/2014