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Risk Management Guide: Informed Consent and Informed Refusal

Informed consent goes far beyond a signature on a consent form; it is a process of ongoing conversations that are held at critical points in the care process. Inadequate communication while obtaining a patient’s informed consent for a proposed treatment or procedure contributes to almost 25% of surgical malpractice claims. It is also one of the more easily remedied malpractice risks that clinicians face. Establishing a robust informed consent policy involves input from clinicians and care team members and a commitment to shared decision-making between clinicians and patients. Informed consent process Patients have the right to make decisions about their medical treatment. Before initiating treatment, clinicians must obtain consent from…

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