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The SAFER MD informed patient decision-making check-list for the use of prescription medications: MONITORING

Adequate monitoring is an important component of drug therapy because it can optimize treatment response and detect and prevent side effects. Patient knowledge of monitoring procedures may alleviate unrealistic fears about adverse events. This informat ion could also sway a pat ient away from choosing a treatment if such moniloring were too onerous. DURATION Duration […]

The SAFER MD informed patient decision-making check-list for the use of prescription medications: FORFEITING TREATMENT

Mentally competent patients are entitled to refuse treatments but a physician has an obligation to inform such patients about the consequences oftheir decision (‘informed dissent’). A California case illustrates the importance of informing palients who refuse medical advice. A woman visited her physician annually for a physical examination and was routinely offered a Papanicolaou smear […]

The SAFER MD informed patient decision-making check-list for the use of prescription medications: SIDE EFFECTS

A discussion of drug side effects should be explicit especially when considering medications with great potential harm. A physician has a duty to disclose to a patient all probable or likely risks, all possible but serious risks and anyt hing else that could be con sid ered rele vant by a rea son able per […]

The SAFER MD informed patient decision-making check-list for the use of prescription medications: A foundation for responsible risk management

Informed consent must include patient understanding; it is not synonymous with signing a vague consent form. In Canada, the medicolegal standard of information disclosure by a physician to a patient is based on what a reasonable person in a particular situation would need and want to know to be able to consent to undergo a […]

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