Roger Hicks: Informed consent and NID – California News

Roger Hicks: Informed consent and NID – California News

Informed consent is the process in medicine for getting permission before doing a treatment or procedure. It’s a discussion that a clinician has with a patient before starting a treatment or performing surgery. It’s transparency in medicine.

Informed consent includes several essential elements. The conversation includes explaining the procedure or recommended treatment plan, discussing relevant information, such as the need for the proposed treatment and the purpose of it, and a discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives. For it to be valid, the patient must understand what is said, and the consent must be voluntary.

If, after going through this process, the patient says yes, then informed consent has been granted. And there’s another possible outcome — informed refusal. In either case, the person is fully informed.

It didn’t always used to be like this. Back in the old days, the doctor might say, especially if the patient was a woman:

By refusing to livestream their meetings and make their decisions transparent, it seem like the NID board doesn’t want us

— the people who elected them

— to know what they’re doing.

“I know just what to do, dear. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about the details. You just leave it all up to me and everything will be just fine. I know what’s best for you.”

We don’t do that anymore in health care. But it seems the NID board is living back in the old days. By refusing to livestream their meetings and make their decisions transparent, it seem like the NID board doesn’t want us — the people who elected them — to know what they’re doing. It feels…

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