informed consent


Health Economics

  • (written as Informed Consent)
    'Consent' in general is usually legally grounded either on the principle that a physician has a duty of care or that a patient has a right to self-determination. In most countries the informed consent of a patient to a treatment is based on the notion of what information a reasonable patient might expect to be told in a given situation. In the UK, informed consent is based upon what professionals regard as reasonable to provide and hence on what information in any given case a physician's peers would provide.


  • noun an agreement that an operation can be carried out which is given by a patient or the guardians of a patient after they have been given all the information they need to make the decision


  • noun an agreement to allow a procedure to be carried out, given by a patient, or the guardian of a patient, who has been provided with all the necessary information