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					                       Informed Consent
                          Informed Consent is the full disclosure, in written form, of the anticipated
                          benefits and potential risks of a medical treatment or surgical procedure. State
                          laws require and define the nature of informed consent, so the process and
                          documentation can vary. Typically, both the physician and the patient or the
                          patient’s representative must sign the informed consent documents before the
treatment or procedure takes place, though there are exemptions for emergency care. The intent of
informed consent is to help protect both patients and health care providers from misunderstandings
about the expectations, positive and negative, of therapeutic interventions. Nearly all treatments and
procedures carry the risk of adverse effects and have limitations as to the outcomes they can achieve or
facilitate. It is important to understand these risks, however slight they appear to be, and limitations
before agreeing to the

				
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