ELEMENTS OF INFORMED CONSENT
1. Patient competence.
2. Disclosure of information (by the physician).
3. An understanding of the information (by the patient).
4 Voluntary in nature.
5. Formal authorization given.
Figure 1-6. Five elements of informed consent.
INFORMED CONSENT, A CLOSER LOOK
A competent patient:
Can decide for him/herself.
Is of legal age or emancipated.
Can communicate wishes.
Understands the consequences of decisions.
Relevant information is disclosed and understood.
Consent is voluntary; patient is not coerced by:
Health care providers.
Formal authorization is given.
Figure 1-7. Elements of informed consent, further specified.