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Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

Consent: patients and doctors making decisions together

All healthcare involves decisions made by patients and those providing their care. This guidance sets out principles for good practice in making decisions. The principles apply to all decisions about care: from the treatment of minor and self limiting conditions, to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.

The guidance includes advice on assessing capacity and making decisions about treatment or care when a patient does not have capacity to decide for themselves. It also includes advice on sharing information, involving patients in decision-making and the role of families, carers and others close to the patient.

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Suzie, 30

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Suzie, who is 30, is concerned about a large mole on her leg which has changed colour and begun to itch. Suzie's GP has referred her to a dermatologist, Dr Austin, for further investigation.

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