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Semin Med Pract 
2005 ;8:23-30
Basic principles of informed consent in the acute care setting
Gisondi MA, Norris RE

Informed consent reflects the process by which a patient makes an autonomous decision to participate in a proposed medical intervention. This decision-making process can be particularly complex for patients in an acute care setting, who may feel pressured by the urgency and severity of their condition. Despite the importance of obtaining informed consent, many residents lack a firm understanding of basic ethical principles that guide this process. Using a fictitious patient scenario, this article demonstrates the key process steps for obtaining consent in an acute care setting and provides an introductory framework for applying the ethical principles discussed.

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