Understanding consent: Information for patients, clients and caregivers

May 22, 2019
Patients and clients have the right to make decisions about their treatment and other health care services.

It’s up to health care providers to make sure that happens. That’s called informed consent.

For all health care providers, it’s one of the standards of the profession. People can’t consent without being informed. That means people need to understand:

  • the purpose and expected outcomes of a treatment/service;
  • the potential benefits and risks;
  • any reasonable alternatives; and
  • the consequences of refusing and not having the treatment/service.

Learn more about consent in our "Understanding consent: Information for patients, clients and caregivers" article.

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