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What Is Informed Consent?

Updated Nov 30, 2023

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If you have a medical practice, it’s easy to think that once you’ve described a treatment route to a patient, they fully understand why it’s appropriate for their healthcare. It’s also easy to think the patient realizes the procedure comes with an established set of risks. But you can’t know that’s the case unless you obtain patient consent. In fact, obtaining the patient’s informed consent is legally required for many types of procedures, with laws varying by state. 

We’ll explain informed consent, what a medical consent form should include, how to properly document patient consent, and more. 

Max Freedman
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Max Freedman is a content writer who has written hundreds of articles about small business strategy and operations, with a focus on finance and HR topics. He's also published articles on payroll, small business funding, and content marketing. In addition to covering these business fundamentals, Max also writes about improving company culture, optimizing business social media pages, and choosing appropriate organizational structures for small businesses.
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