Informed consent and understanding your risk (video transcript)

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When it comes to having an operation or test, especially one that may involve risk, you are required to give what is called 'informed consent'. In other words, you'll need to agree to the procedure or treatment suggested by your doctor for your medical condition.

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To provide this consent, you must be fully informed of your treatment options including the expected outcomes, risks and benefits and known complications of each, so that you can decide which treatment is best for you. Your doctor or health professional should discuss all options with you, even the option of doing nothing at all. Remember, you are entitled to seek a second opinion.

Last reviewed: 22-10-2019

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