Informed consent is a law that requires you to give permission before your child gets medical treatment. You may also need to give informed consent before your child has surgery or certain diagnostic procedures. After a healthcare provider explains everything to you and answers your questions, you will be asked to sign a form. This form confirms that you have received the information and that you give permission for your child to have the test or treatment. Take your time to read the whole document so that you know exactly what you are signing.
Before you have a treatment or test, you need to know:
There are situations where there may be special rules for informed consent. For example, if your child is severely hurt and it is an emergency, you may not be able to give consent. Children or people who cannot legally make their own decisions cannot give consent for themselves. Each state has laws about informed consent, especially for children and people who are mentally or physically unable to give consent.
Being informed is very important for a trusting and successful relationship with your healthcare provider. Be sure to ask all of the questions that you may have so that you fully understand your child’s condition and treatment choices. When you better understand your child’s care and choices, you can play an active role in your child’s healthcare.