Can someone tell me what informed consent means and help me with these questions?
I need to know what informed consent means. My wife is in an assisted living facility and I need to know why it is important for my wife as a patient and the health care professionals to use an informed consent before she can under go any medical procedures and test while in the assisted living facility.
- Barry CLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
it means she understands what will happen to her, and accepts th risks of any complications.
This prevents her from becoming a subject in an awful experiment against her will, or later claiming that something happened that she did not want done.
This benefits both her and the health care providers by preventing possibly tragic misunderstandings.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon an appreciation and understanding of the facts and implications of an action. The individual needs to be in possession of relevant facts and also of his or her reasoning faculties, such as not being mentally retarded or mentally ill and without an impairment of judgment at the time of consenting. Such impairments might include illness, intoxication, insufficient sleep, and other health problems.
Some acts cannot legally take place because of a lack of informed consent. In cases where an individual is considered unable to give informed consent, another person is generally authorized to give consent on their behalf. Examples of this include the parents or legal guardians of a child and caregivers for the mentally ill. In cases where an individual is provided limited facts, serious ethical issues may arise. Examples of this in a clinical trial in medical research are anticipated and prevented by an ethics committee or Institutional Review Board