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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1999 May;17(2):327-40, ix-x.

Informed consent in the emergency department.

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Department of Medical Humanities, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


This article reviews the doctrine of informed consent to treatment, with particular attention to its role in the emergency department. The article begins with a brief look at the moral and legal foundations of informed consent. The article then examines the three essential features of informed consent, patient capacity, disclosure of information, and voluntariness. After a review of five exceptions to the duty to obtain informed consent, the article concludes with a brief summary of issues of special significance for emergency physicians.

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