Saturday, 2 July 2016

Steps to take when consent to medical treatment is refused

Patient refuses consent to medical treatment. The doctor must now confirm two things. One is patient's competence and the other is ? 

  1. Outcome of the condition without treatment 

  2. Age of the patient

  3. Voluntary nature of the decision  

Answer: 3, the steps are :

  1. Check competence of the patient 

  2. Ensure that the patient is not under the influence of relatives but rather has made a voluntary decision

  3. Check the patient's concenrs and understanding of the situation

  4. Explain everything once again

  5. If still refuse, it is there right to do so. 

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