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General Guidelines for Medical Practitioners on Providing Information to Patients

Summary information

Publishing date: 
2004
Status: 
This publication is more than 5 years of age and may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice
Reference number: 
E57
ISBN: 
186496 2356
Available in print: 
Yes
Order this publication: 
health@nationalmailing.com.au
Further information: 
nhmrc.publications@nhmrc.gov.au

Synopsis

This document outlines the type of information that doctors need to discuss with patients when planning treatment. Issues covered include information that patients should be given, informing patients of risks, and, the limited circumstances when information may be witheld. The publication is part of a set with its counterpart Communicating with Patients: Advice for Medical Practitioners.

This document General Guidelines for Medical Practitioners on Providing Information to Patients was originally issued in 1993 following the publication of a report by the Australian, Victorian and New South Wales Law Reform Commission on the issue of informed consent.

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