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Necessity of Informed Consent

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There are some that believe that there are situations in which informed consent is not necessary, while there are others that believe informed consent should always be administered. What do you think?

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A discussion regarding informed consent and when it may not be necessary. 358 words, 1 reference.

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Informed consent is essentially a notification, generally in the form of a document, that a doctor gives to a patient prior to surgical procedures so the patient is aware of the potential risks they may encounter. Therapists use them as well when undergoing new treatment such as biofeedback or a type of therapy that addresses social phobias and intense anxiety disorders. In most situations, an informed consent is necessary and used however, it is up to the doctor or therapist to determine when it is and isn't necessary.

In some situations, the procedure to be performed is considered to be routine and ...

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