informed consent


Definition of informed consent

: consent to surgery by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved

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Proper informed consent was obtained from Patricia Jones beforehand about risks, benefits and alternatives to surgery, Weinberg said. Robert Brum, USA TODAY, "She became a quadriplegic after spinal surgery. A jury awarded her $56M malpractice verdict," 12 Aug. 2019 This was ostensibly to notify foreign consulates that their citizens were detained, but the information was not obtained with informed consent and could be subject to a data breach, the report said. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Auditor: King County allowed ICE to access jail inmates’ personal information more than 1,000 times," 10 July 2019 The researchers report the donors gave their informed consent to use their DNA in these studies. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘Stature gene’ may reveal why these hunter-gatherers are among the world’s smallest humans," 13 Aug. 2019 Because the treatments are experimental, meaning they are still being studied, they are administered with strict protocols and require informed consent. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Experimental Ebola treatments effective in lab study," 9 July 2019 Its requirements do not apply to cases in which a physician withholds life-saving treatment, nutrition, or hydration, as long it isn’t intended to cause the patient’s death and the patient has given informed consent. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Republican Senator Kevin Cramer Introduces New Pro-Life Bill," 26 June 2019 Selection of the most appropriate implant for a patient should be based on conversations between the patient and the doctor, including the associated benefits and risks, as part of a thorough informed consent process. CBS News, "Textured breast implant recipient on cancer diagnosis: It was "total shock"," 25 July 2019 And while her decision to sedate Roscoe is widely accepted by vets, the intern did not have the Ackleys sign an informed consent form, which would have gone over the risks of anesthesia and allowed the Ackleys to discuss other treatment options., "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 Besides regulating consumer products, FDA protects subjects in clinical trials by reviewing informed consent and other ethical practices. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of informed consent

1957, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of informed consent

medical : a formal agreement that a patient signs to give permission for a medical procedure (such as surgery) after having been told about the risks, benefits, etc.

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Medical Definition of informed consent

: consent to surgery by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved

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Legal Definition of informed consent

: consent to medical treatment by a patient or to participation in a medical experiment by a subject after achieving an understanding of what is involved and especially of the risks

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