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According to Indiana law, informed consent is created if a patient`s written consent is signed by the patient or the patient`s authorized representative; witnessed; and explained, orally or in the written consent, to the patient or representative before the procedure is undertaken. The explanation must include the general nature of the patient`s condition; the proposed procedure, etc; the expected outcome; the material risks; and the reasonable alternatives. A patient is not prevented from withdrawing the consent and the consent does not have to be in writing in all cases.
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