Informed consent in children and adolescents: CONCLUSION (part 1)


As the above-noted case examples illustrate, the issue of minors and their ability to give informed consent has proved to be problematic for physicians in the past. One can imagine the reaction of the physician in the Johnston case when he learned that he was being sued in part because he relied on the consent of a 20-year-old patient who appeared to be intelligent and capable of understanding the consequences of the treatment.
However, the Canadian common law is now settled that a minor can give informed consent to therapeutic medical treatment, provided the treating physician is satisfied that the minor possesses sufficient capacity to understand the nature, purpose and possible consequences of the proposed treatment. Buy Advair Diskus Online:

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