What is the Purpose of Informed Consent?

A doctor is required to have a conversation with you before performing a procedure or giving you treatment. Your doctor should give you knowledge about the possible outcomes, potential negative consequences, side effects, and complications. This conversation is called "informed consent." If your doctor did not have this conversation with you, you could obtain an injury from a surgery or form of treatment. Informed consent is not necessary for emergency situations when an unconscious patient needs urgent care.