What are the principles surrounding informed consent?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2020 | Health Care Law |

As a healthcare provider, you need to allow your patients to exercise their informed consent by providing all the required information. This way, they will know whether they want or do not want to participate in the mode of treatment. 

You should frame the information in such a way that you are not just giving the patients a list of facts, but that you explain those facts in simple terms that they can understand. You need to exercise careful thought and consideration to the complexities of the ethics involved and consider both the researchers and the participants. 

You may be taken to court if you fail to tell the patients about the procedures, benefits, and risks of the research before they consent for them. You may also want to take the time to discuss any questions they may have. Introduce them to members of the team who are knowledgeable and will have more information than you. 

The consent forms should not require the subject to wave their legal rights or release other individuals from the liability in case of negligence. Always ensure that the contract gets written in a language that the patient understands so they can go through it themselves and ensure they know what is covered. 

According to UNCC, the consent form should also get explained to guardians in case the patient is incapable of giving their informed consent. Ensure that you have followed all the right steps. Do not overlook anything because lawsuits can be challenging to deal with when you have ignored crucial parts. 

Ensure you only use web-based consent when the participant is unable to sign documents.