Is mijn patiënt wilsbekwaam? Volg de leidraad

Translated title of the contribution: Is my patient able to provide informed consent?: A practical guideline

Christiaan H Vinkers, Gerrit B van de Kraats, Monique C Biesaart, Joeri K Tijdink

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Patient autonomy is a fundamental issue. Sometimes it is unclear whether a patient is capable to consent to a treatment decision. The treating physician judges whether a patient is able to provide informed consent. This judgement is a medical and not a legal decision. Considerations as to whether a patient can provide informed consent should always be systematically and in detail included in the medical records and should be periodically re-evaluated. Even if a patient incapable to consent to a particular medical decision, efforts should be put into finding the optimal treatment (proportional, effective and least substantial). It can be useful to involve a psychiatrist as a second and independent judge of a patient's ability to provide informed consent. A psychiatrist can also judge whether a psychiatric or cognitive disorder influences the ability to consent.

Translated title of the contributionIs my patient able to provide informed consent?: A practical guideline
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)A7229
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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