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Hastings Cent Rep. 2002 Sep-Oct;32(5):23-32.

Avoiding surprises. A model for informing patients.


The standard models for what doctors must tell their patients are based on the idea of informed consent: physicians must provide the information that patients need to make treatment decisions. In fact, though, they usually provide considerably more information than this model requires. And rightly so: patients should receive enough information that they will not be surprised by whatever happens--unless the physician is also surprised.

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