Handy Approach© : Consent

thumb_IMGP4512_1024Do you give us permission to be involved in your care?

If not, then why?


  • Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions
  • People with low health literacy may feel ashamed and try to conceal it from professional carers and family members
  • People with long-term conditions report more difficulties in understanding health information and engaging with healthcare providers.
  • Doctor’s health illiteracy    A ‘culture of more’ is not necessarily better.
  • Taking consent when professionals are burdened in areas characterised by  poverty and inequality 
  • Consent to treatment  A person must give permission before they receive any type of medical treatment, test or examination.
  • Two questions may accomplish the major goals of  advanced  support preparation.
  1.  “If you cannot, or choose not to participate in health care decisions, with whom should we speak?”
  2. “If you cannot, or choose not to participate in decision making, what should we consider when making decisions about your care?”

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