What is an informed consent form?
Who may sign the informed consent?
|One or both parents usually sign for a minor child. However, if the child is living with a legal guardian, the physician will ask the legal guardian to sign. Legal guardians will be asked to show documentation to prove this legal relationship exists.|
Adolescents and informed consent forms:
|Parental (or legal guardian) consent is required for any diagnostic or surgical procedure on a person under the age of 18. Since adolescents are able to contribute to informed decisions about their health and the treatment they will receive, they should be included in discussions about surgery. Although not legally necessary, some adolescents like to sign the consent form for surgery, along with their parents or guardians. |
|However, "emancipated" adolescents - generally, those who are responsible for themselves and/or no longer lives with his/her parents - may consent to his/her own medical care. An emancipated adolescent is someone who meets any of the following criteria:|