and why is it important?
Informed consent is your legal right to voluntarily decide
whether or not to undergo a particular medical procedure or treatment, after
receiving all the facts necessary to make an intelligent decision.
When medical treatment involves the use of psychotropic drugs, informed
consent is especially important in order to safeguard the fundamental right
to freedom of thought. A patientís cognitive autonomy must be respected.
Parents (or a child's guardian) have the legal right to make medical and
treatment decisions that are in their child's best interest. Doctors, school
personnel, and others must respect these decisions.
Please visit the
Parents Section of this site to learn how you can
help us prepare important materials that will educate and empower parents to
exercise their right to informed consent.