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  1. Consent to medical treatment : what should the patient be told ?

    Article - En anglais

    Consent to medical treatment is required by law because treatment in the absence of consent would constitute a battery, a trespass to the person.

    The giving of consent provides the doctor with a defence to such an allegation.

    But does this consent depend upon the patient knowing what the procedure entails ?

    Can we, as traditionally, just tell the patient the name of the procedure, and no more ?

    Or must we explain the risks ?

    Does proper consent rely on the patient being advised of any « substantial risk », so that consent may be well informed, as the Department of Health's [2] guidelines suggest.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine légale, Consentement éclairé, Communication information, Information biomédicale, Malade, Homme, Anesthésiste, Royaume Uni, Europe

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legal medicine, Informed consent, Information communication, Biomedical information, Patient, Human, Anesthesiologist, United Kingdom, Europe

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 94-0494610

    Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199501.