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Consenting to Surgery: Assessing the Patient’s Capacity to Make Decisions About Own Medical Care

  • Maya PrabhuEmail author
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Abstract

Informed consent is the cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship between physician and patient. However, the peri-surgical setting poses several challenges to implementing an effective informed consent process. This clinically oriented chapter provides an overview of the informed consent process in surgical care including making recommendations for enhancing patient comprehension, identifying issues while assessing capacity, and enumerating next steps to take if patients are found to be incapacitated. The chapter will also identify several special issues relating to mental and physical illness that surgical teams may encounter.

Keywords

Informed consent Capacity Substituted decision-making Ethics Disclosure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law and Psychiatry DivisionYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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