Informed consent is a key ethical principle in healthcare. It ensures patients receive all relevant information regarding their diagnosis and treatment options before agreeing to proceed.
It’s vital that we exercise this right to ensure that patients are not disappointed by the outcome of their treatment. This in turn will reduce allegations of medical negligence made against healthcare professionals and improve the patient-clinician relationship.
Your Legal Friend carried out research looking at the British public’s understanding of informed consent and to explore associated issues, such as trust in medical professionals, and confidence to challenge their recommendations.
The ‘Healthcare & you: An informed choice?’ report, which contains the survey findings, in-depth analysis and advice, can be read here.