Informed Consent (cont.)
Richard A Wagner, MD, PhD
James E Keany, MD, FACEP
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD
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Informed Consent, The Right to Refuse Treatment
Except for legally authorized involuntary treatment, patients who are legally competent to make medical decisions and who are judged by health care providers to have decision-making capacity have the legal and moral right to refuse any or all treatment. This is true even if the patient chooses to make a "bad decision" that may result in serious disability or even death.
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