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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


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.