Informed consent in the emergency department

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1999 May;17(2):327-40, ix-x. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70062-6.


This article reviews the doctrine of informed consent to treatment, with particular attention to its role in the emergency department. The article begins with a brief look at the moral and legal foundations of informed consent. The article then examines the three essential features of informed consent, patient capacity, disclosure of information, and voluntariness. After a review of five exceptions to the duty to obtain informed consent, the article concludes with a brief summary of issues of special significance for emergency physicians.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emergency Medicine / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Male
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Education as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Physician's Role*
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Treatment Refusal / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Truth Disclosure
  • United States