What is informed consent needed for?

ARCHIVED POST N.B. This post is based on the 2012 Osteopathic Practice Standards and therefore may not reflect current legislation.

Patients need to consent to:

1) Examination
2) Treatment – an agreed treatment plan and treatment methods
3) Releasing or discussing medical details or information about their care with anyone, including their spouse, partner or family members
4) Sharing information with other health professionals
5) Presence of an observer
6) Intimate examination

What do they need to be informed about?

Your patient should:

  • Understand and be able to explain their condition
  • Know about treatment options for their condition and the benefits and risks of each
  • Understand the agreed treatment plan and techniques to be used
  • Understand the expected prognosis
  • Feel able to communicate any comments or concerns with their practitioner

Quoted from Mint Membership Folder module Clinical Consent

There is a lot more to consent – shared-decision making, knowing who can give consent, knowing how consent can be given, and recording consent.  All this is included in the Mint Membership Folder.

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