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Module 6: Informed Consent

Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:

  1. Identify four (4) consensus principles and three (3) unresolved issues concerning a patient's right to self-determination in healthcare decision making.
  2. Identify the four (4) essential elements of valid consent/refusal:
    • Describe four (4) elements of disclosure, the standards of disclosure, and exceptions to disclosure requirements.
    • Define capacity and identify - as well as critique - the common standards used to determine patient decision making capacity.
    • Identify the most reliable indicator of capacity.
    • Identify health care professional and other variables that may constrain voluntariness.
  3. Identify ethical perspectives and frameworks critical to informing and justifying decisions concerning capacity determinations and informed, valid decision making.

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Additional Resources

A good general resource on the topic of truth telling in medicine can be found at

A succinct, well written overview of truth telling in medicine is offered by James Drane at

Another useful overview is found at

The topic of hope and truth telling in the context of serious illness is explored at

Truth telling in the context of terminal cancer is analyzed at

A sophisticated academic exploration of truth telling is found at

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