Avoiding Surprises: A Model for Informing Patients

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather J. Gert, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The standard models for what doctors must tell their patients are based on the idea of informed consent: physicians must provide the information that patients need to make treatment decisions. In fact, though, they usually provide considerably more information than this model requires. And rightly so: patients should receive enough information that they will not be surprised by whatever happens—unless the physician is also surprised.

Additional Information

Hastings Center Report, vol. 32, no. 5, (2002), 23-32
Language: English
Date: 2002
informed consent, medical diagnosis, physician/patient relationships

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