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Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce

Responsible person: 
Rachel Harris
Published: 
17 January, 2018
Topics: Children, Health & safety, People
ISBN: 
978-1-909802-18-6

Summary

Seeking patient consent prior to undertaking an examination or treatment procedure is not only a fundamental, ethical and legal requirement of all healthcare practitioners, it is also a common courtesy as part of the process of creating a relationship of trust between healthcare practitioners and the patient or service user. When carrying out any procedure, the healthcare practitioner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the patient or service user is genuinely consenting to the procedure being undertaken; it is they who will be held responsible in law if this is later challenged.

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