Informed Consent and Capacity
Informed Consent and Capacity

Informed Consent and Capacity

by Mark Hughes, MD, MA

The informed consent process is an essential component of healthcare, as patients should receive the information they need and have the opportunity to ask questions before making decisions about their medical care. During this process, physicians tell patients about the risks and benefits of treatment, the alternatives to treatment, and the right to refuse treatment.
Patients must have the capacity to take part in the informed consent process. Therefore, before obtaining consent, physicians should assess patient capacity with attention to the four major elements of decision-making. Patients who cannot give consent may have another person provide consent on their behalf.
It is also essential to recognize unique situations such as the consent process for minors, the concept of mature-minor consent and implied consent, a process that allows for treatment in limited situations without informed consent.

Course Details

  • Videos 16
  • Duration 1:48 h
  • Quiz questions 52
  • Concept Pages 3


Your Educators of course Informed Consent and Capacity

 Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Dr. Mark Hughes Mark, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Dr. Hughes received his MD from Stony Brook University in 1992 and his MA in philosophy (bioethics) from Georgetown University in 2003. He is the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. Dr. Hughes directs several courses in clinical ethics and research ethics in undergraduate and graduate medical education and continuing medical education.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Hughes teaches Medical Ethics.

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Assessing for Understanding and Shared Decision Making
By Asma H. on 25. December 2023 for Case: Determining Decision-making Capacity of a 38-year-old Woman with Abdominal Pain

This was a great case study. I appreciate the demonstration of informed and shared decision making, esp with a patient who is more vulnerable due to the IDD.

By Iman a. on 11. December 2023 for Informed Consent and Capacity

Very interesting and important topics presented clearly and concisely! I hope to see more medical ethics topics explored more in depth in the future because I this is a very critical but often overlooked and misunderstood topic.