Informed Consent

Informed Consent and Medical Treatment in Nebraska

By Cullan & Cullan on January 6, 2012 - Comments off

Informed Consent Medical ProcedureThe American Medical Association (AMA) defines informed consent as a process of communication between a physician and patient which results in the patient authorizing or agreeing to undergo medical treatment. As a patient, it is important to understand that if you are in need of medical care, certain information needs to be provided to you during the communications process between you and the doctor providing/performing the treatment. In addition, the patient should be allowed to ask any questions regarding the suggested treatment or procedure.

A doctor should discuss the following information with his or her patient:

  • Diagnosis of the patient;
  • The benefits and risks of the suggested treatment or procedure;
  • The purpose and nature of the proposed treatment or procedure;
  • Any risks or benefits of not undergoing the procedure or treatment; and
  • Alternatives to the recommended treatment, regardless of cost or what is covered by the patient’s health insurance, and any risks or benefits.

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