In clinical practice, the doctrine of informed consent is fairly recent, coming to light in the 1900s. Prior to informed consent statues in state law, patients were basically supposed to trust their doctors. The assumption was that doctors knew best because patients lacked the knowledge and expertise to make intelligent decisions regarding their own medical care.
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Today, most health care institutions have policies that state which health interventions require a signed consent form. For example, patients must agree in writing to surgery, anesthesia and other invasive procedures.
If you feel your informed consent rights have been violated in any way, you may have cause for action.
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