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CRNA. 1998 Nov;9(4):128-34.

A guide to understanding informed consent.

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  • 1Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD, USA.


Anesthesia providers are expected to provide information to the patient during the preanesthesia interview that enables the patient to make informed choices. Adequate disclosure during the informed consent process ensures the equalization of the practitioner/patient relationship and the decision-making rights of the patient. Both certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists are not only legally required to provide information that will allow a patient to make an informed judgment about how to proceed with various anesthetic modalities but are also obligated by their standards of practice. This article informs the CRNA about the principles of informed consent so that they can better understand their role in the informed consent process.

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