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Informed Consent Basics

Through dialogue and discussion with you, your patients become more knowledgeable partners in medical decision-making and develop realistic expectations about the outcomes of medical intervention. Ideally, informed consent discussions build trust and reduce surprise and disappointment if complications or adverse events occur.

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General Informed Consent Guidelines for Institutions

These guidelines are based in part on opinions and advice of malpractice defense attorneys in Massachusetts. CRICO recognizes that institutions should continue to have the flexibility to respond to such recommendations in a manner that will least disrupt the orderly provision of health care at the facility.

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FAQs About Informed Consent

Are there special issues when the patient is a minor? It turns out that while it varies by state, yes there are. Learn when this might apply.

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Patient receives blood transfusion against her wishes

A 44-year-old Jehovah's Witness received blood transfusions during treatment for necrotizing pancreatitis.

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