Ensuring that patients are provided with sufficient information to give informed consent may seem complex and does cause concern for practitioners.
It may be helpful for the practitioner and patient to consider:
- What is the patient’s understanding of their illness or condition?
- What result are they looking for from this treatment?
- What is important to the patient and what are they willing to manage or compromise on?
- How would they manage a common outcome after treatment?
Practitioners need to be aware of issues such as capacity, but at its core, the consent discussion is about having the conversation with the patient. By ensuring they understand patients’ needs, concerns and priorities, practitioners are better placed to give patients the information they need and together come to a shared decision about their treatment.
Author: Georgie Haysom, Head of Research, Education and Advocacy and Dr Ushma Narsai, Medical Adviser, Avant, 14/08/2019
Resource: Avant Mutual
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