Summarize informed consent and implied consent with regard to patients, and analyze the difference between the two.

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Informed consent is the process of communication between physician and patient regard his/her rights in their mecial treatment plan. It is also the process of communication to help the patient understand and undergo a specific medial procedure. Through informed consent the physician must give the following information to the patient:

  • diagnosis
  • nature and purpose of treatment
  • risks and benefits to proposed treatment
  • Alternatives and thier risks
  • The risks and benefits of not undergoing treatment.

Implied consent is not specifically granted by a person but is inferred from one's actions, facts, and circumstances. An appointment with a physician regarding a complaint and giving the doctor permission to make a diagnosis is considered implied consent.