In Pittsburgh, patients have the right to know what is going on with their health and what their treatment options are. This is known as informed consent. It is important for patients to have informed consent so that they are aware of what their medical condition is and can make a decision regarding treatment.
Patients have received informed consent if they have received information regarding their health condition and treatment options, the patients understand their health condition and treatment options and the patients are able to decide what treatment option they would like to pursue and is able to communicate their consent to receive treatment. Some medical treatments require a written informed consent in which a medical provider explains the patient's condition and the agreed upon treatment and the patient signs the form. Not all treatments require a signed consent form.