Informed Consent for Anaesthesia in Australia and New Zealand

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2010

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 557

15 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2011

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Andrew Braun

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Loane Skene

University of Melbourne - Law School

Alan Merry

University of Auckland

Date Written: August 28, 2011

Abstract

The legal and ethical requirements related to an anaesthetist’s communication with patients in preparing them for anaesthesia, assisting them in making appropriate decisions and obtaining consent in a formal sense are complex. Doing these things well takes time, skill and sensitivity. The primary focus should be to adequately prepare patients for surgery and to ensure that they are sufficiently well informed to make the choices that best meet their own needs. This is just an affirmation of the importance of patient-centred care.

Keywords: anaesthesia, consent

JEL Classification: K00, K39

Suggested Citation

Braun, Andrew and Skene, Loane and Merry, Alan, Informed Consent for Anaesthesia in Australia and New Zealand (August 28, 2011). Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2010, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 557, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918567

Andrew Braun

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Loane Skene (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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Alan Merry

University of Auckland ( email )

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Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

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