165930 - Achieving Valid Informed Consent: Explicit Treatment Consent with Adult Patients
The aim of this activity is to assist practising doctors to achieve an optimal informed consent process with adult patients.
Relevance to General Practice
A review of formal patient complaints across Australia’s medical workforce revealed 18 907 formal patient complaints were filed against 11 148 doctors between 2000 and 2012. The majority of these were against general practitioners (47%) with the next most common specialty being surgery (14%). Nearly one quarter of complaints referred to communication issues including the quality or amount of information provided (6%) and the consent process in general (3%). The authors conclude that targeted interventions for these doctors could reduce adverse events and patient dissatisfaction.(1)
1. Bismark M, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2013;Published Online First:1–9.
- Construct a list to ensure relevant aspects are included on a procedure-specific consent form as a systematic approach to preventing negative outcomes
- Explain the steps of the informed consent process
- Outline the information that needs to be communicated to a patient during the informed consent process
- Identify at least five aspects of an informed consent discussion that need to be recorded in the clinical notes
- Describe medico-legal examples highlighting the importance of keeping accurate medical records