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Informed Refusal: A Review
by MedPro Group Patient Safety & Risk Solutions
Most healthcare providers know that a patient's signature on an informed consent document may not automatically make the consent valid. The same is true of informed refusal. Both of these concepts rely on ethical and legal guidelines that acknowledge the right of competent adults to determine the course of their healthcare.
The decision-making process requires consultation between the healthcare provider and the patient to determine the best treatment option and to ensure that the patient…