• Informed Consent

    Means that a physician (or other medical provider) must tell a patient all of the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives involved in any surgical procedure, medical procedure, or other course of treatment, and must obtain the patient’s written consent to proceed.

    The concept is based on the principle that a physician has a duty to disclose information to the patient so he or she can make a reasonable decision regarding treatment. The process of information exchange between a clinician and parents, guardian, or their legal proxy is designed to facilitate autonomous, informed decision making.

    An informed consent process should include an explanation of the medical and psychosocial risks, benefits, limitations, and potential implications of clinical treatments, prescription medications, and a discussion of privacy, confidentiality, the documentation and handling of medical records, and options for managing Autism and other health issues.

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