Informed consent: it's not just signing a form

Thorac Surg Clin. 2005 Nov;15(4):451-60, v. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2005.06.001.


Informed consent plays a major role in forming a therapeutic alliance with the patient. The informed consent process has evolved from simple consent, in which the surgeon needed only to obtain the patient's permission for a procedure, into informed consent, in which the surgeon provides the patient with information about clinically salient features of a procedure, the patient understands this information adequately, and the patient voluntarily authorizes the surgeon to perform the procedure. Special circumstances of informed consent include conflicting professional opinions, consent with multiple physicians, patients who are undecided or refuse surgery, patients with diminished decision-making capacity, surrogate decision making, pediatric assent, and consent for the involvement of trainees.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Decision Making / ethics
  • Ethics, Clinical*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / ethics*
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Informed Consent / standards
  • Physician-Patient Relations / ethics*