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The duty of care, and informed consent are two legal obligations that a healthcare organization has to its patients. A healthcare provider is required to meet a standard of reasonable care and skill in accordance with professional standards. The duty of care includes safeguarding patient safety and providing an accurate diagnosis.
The informed consent requirement is another law that mandates that healthcare providers ensure patients are adequately informed about the potential risks of any treatment or procedure before giving their approval. The procedure must be explained in detail, including the risks and benefits of the treatment or procedure as well as the alternatives that are available. These obligations protect the patient’s rights while also ensuring that best practices in medical care are adhered to.