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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

The doctrine of informed consent in surgical practice

1 Department of Trauma and Orthopedics, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
3 National Orthopedic Hospital Dala Kano, Nigeria

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Department of Trauma and Orthopedics, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.76558

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Physicians and other professionals in the field of medicine have to perform invasive and non-invasive procedures on patients as part of their duties. There is a legal basis upon which these procedures are done; this is called 'informed consent.' Sociocultural factors have strong influence on the sick role. These factors influence the application of informed consent in Nigeria.

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