What is implied consent?


Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta    09 April 2018

In circumstances such as arranging an appointment with a doctor, keeping the appointment, answering questions relating to the history and to submit without objection to physical examination, consent is clearly implied.

The patient entering the consultation chambers by his own volition may be considered to have given consent for a clinical diagnosis to be carried out. Consent may be inferred from the general submission by a patient to orders given by a doctor during clinical diagnosis (Indian J Urol 2009;25(3):343-7). For example, when a patient enters a cardiology clinic his consent for chest auscultation is implied.

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