Increasing concern about clinical negligence demands the provision of more detailed patient information about the complications and risks of treatment, and the agreement of patients to any intervention, from a simple physical examination to the most complex surgical procedure. This concise, practical guide provides doctors and nurses with the appropriate information needed to ensure that the patients have the knowledge to give informed consent. It identifies ways in which accusations of negligence can be minimised and includes explanations of the new NHS consent procedures that have recently being implemented. All healthcare professionals will find this book valuable reading.
Table of Contents
The ethical concepts behind consent. Consent to investigation and treatment: who is competent to give consent? Consent to investigation and treatment: the need for information. Consent to investigation and treatment: the views of the government and professional organisations. Consent to investigation: the role of information in consent processes. Consent to investigation: an empirical study of information and consent processes in gastroscopy. Conclusions and recommendations.