Informed Consent

You don’t have to proceed with tests or treatments if you don’t want to – you can say “no”.    

 

Granting permission to proceed to any medical test or treatment is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

If you’re uncomfortable with a given test or treatment, you can say “no” and your healthcare professional will respect your decision.

Healthcare professionals must secure your permission before initiating any treatment or test AND at every appointment.

All licensed healthcare professionals are required to  make every effort to make sure that you are fully educated and understand the following information before performing any test or treatment;

(1) the purpose and goals of a given test or treatment,

(2) current evidence on the benefits and risks of a given test or treatment,

 (3) current evidence on the benefits and risks of other tests or treatments that are available for their condition.

Regardless of whether you have granted permission in the past for a given test or treatment, your healthcare professional must educate you and ask for your consent to perform any treatment at EVERY appointment, so you have the opportunity to say “No I don’t want to”.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to ask – “Do you practice evidence-based care?”

 

Regrettably not all healthcare professionals stay up to date on medical research and evidence.

Before agreeing to undergo a treatment, here are five questions your healthcare professional should be able to answer for you first.    

  1. What is the purpose or goal of this treatment?
  2. Is there independent and published research  that  this treatment  works for everyone with my condition?
  3. Are there risks that  this treatment could make my condition worse or cause other health problems?
  4. Are there other treatments available for my condition?
  5. How does this treatment  compare to other treatments in terms of benefits, risks and costs?

 

Do your own research on tests and treatments –  but ask “Dr. Cochrane”, not “Dr. Google”.

 

You deserve the highest standard of diagnostics and evidence-based care for your injury or  condition.

In order to help you make the most informed decision about a  treatment,  it’s  important to  access to unbiased and independent research / evidence.

Cochrane Reviews are used by healthcare professionals around the world and  are considered one of the most respected resources on evidence-based diagnostics and clinical care.

Rather than using”Dr. Google”  – visit Cochrane Reviews  “Dr. Cochrane”……your healthcare professional will trust information from Dr. Cochrane.

To perform a search  click  below and enter your injury or symptom  see what the research says.

Cochrane Reviews

 

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