Informed Consent Is More Than Just a Form
by Veronica Brattstrom
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Informed consent is more than asking the patient to sign a form. The foundation of a good informed consent process begins with a discussion between the provider and the patient.
The discussion must include your diagnosis, nature/purpose of the proposed treatment, risks/benefits of the treatment, alternatives and their risks/benefits and the risks/benefits of not receiving the proposed treatment.
Following your discussion, to avoid allegations that you misguided or misinformed your patient, consider documenting the following:
- Mental status of the patient
- Patients’ ability to understand the information provided
- The patients’ reasons for giving consent/moving forward with proposed treatment
- All questions posed by patients and your answers (use quotation marks when possible to record the patient’s actual statements and/or questions)
- Your evaluation of the patients’ level of understanding based on their questions and responses
- Use of the teach-back method to confirm patient understanding
For more information about using an informed consent process in your practice, contact us.