Dentist-patient relationship and quality care - 4. Professional information and informed consent


Yamalik N.

INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL, vol.55, no.5, pp.342-344, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1875-595x.2005.tb00334.x
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.342-344

Abstract

As patients become relatively more knowledgeable on health issues and more aware of their rights, they become more concerned about receiving professional information and making informed choices. A healthy decision-making process can only be achieved through clear information and fair discussions. Thus, rather than signing a form, quality information for patients and the process of informed consent need to be considered as integral elements of a treatment alliance, a fair dialogue, quality oral care and a sign of respect for patients' rights for self-determination.