The Guidance document produced by the GMC Consent: Patients and Doctors making decisions together, expands on Good medical practice, which says doctors need to be satisfied that they have consent from a patient, or other valid authority, before:
- undertaking any examination or investigation;
- providing treatment;
- involving patients in teaching and research.
- sets out the principles on which good clinical decisions should be based
- provides a framework for good practice that covers the various situations that doctors may face in the course of their work.
It concentrates on decision-making in the context of investigations or treatment; but the principles apply more widely, including decisions on taking part in research, and decisions at the end of life. More detailed advice on these matters is provided in the GMC guidance on research and end of life care.