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What are the components of consent?

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eMediNexus    02 February 2023

Consent has three components: Disclosure, capacity and voluntariness.

 

  • Disclosure: This pertains to the provision of relevant information by the clinician and its understanding by the patient.
  • Capacity: This refers to the patient’s ability to understand the information provided to him/her and to appreciate the consequences of his/her decision that might reasonably be foreseen.
  • Voluntariness: This signifies the patient’s right to arrive at a decision freely, without force, coercion or manipulation.

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