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Updated Jan 17, 2024

What Is Informed Consent?

You must obtain and document patients' consent before beginning certain treatments. Learn when and how to do this.

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Max Freedman, Business Operations Insider and Senior Analyst
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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. 

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Max Freedman, Business Operations Insider and Senior Analyst
Max Freedman has spent nearly a decade providing entrepreneurs and business operators with actionable advice they can use to launch and grow their businesses. Max has direct experience helping run a small business, performs hands-on reviews and has real-world experience with the categories he covers, such as accounting software and digital payroll solutions, as well as leading small business lenders and employee retirement providers. Max has written hundreds of articles for Business News Daily on a range of valuable topics, including small business funding, time and attendance, marketing and human resources.
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