Informed consent: a shared decision-making process that creates a new professional obligation for care.
This statement on informed consent, developed by the SAGES Ethics Committee, has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Governors of SAGES. This statement is provided to offer guidance about the purpose and process of obtaining informed consent, and it is intended for practicing surgeons as well as patients seeking surgical intervention. It is an expression of well-established principles and extensive literature. Excluded from this document are discussions of informed consent for research and informed consent for introduction of new technology, as that has been addressed in previous publications (Strong in Surg Endosc 28:2272, 2014; Stefanidis in Surg Endosc 28:2257, 2014; as reported by Sillin (in: Stain (ed) The SAGES Manual Ethics of Surgical Innovation, Springer, Switzerland, 2016)).
Rawlings, Arthur, Lelan Sillin, Phillip Shadduck, Marian McDonald, Peter Crookes, Bruce MacFadyen, John Mellinger, and John and the SAGES Ethics Committee. “Informed consent: a shared decision-making process that creates a new professional obligation for care.” Surg Endosc 34, no. 11 (November 2020): 4713–16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-020-07970-1.