Informed Consent: More Than Just a Form

Credits: 1

Best suited for: physicians and affiliated providers who are involved in direct patient care.  While specific references are made to Washington State laws, participants are encouraged to verify the pertinent laws in their own states.  

Course Description

National data indicates that more than one-third of all malpractice claims and lawsuits allege a failure to obtain informed consent. The truth is patients are not as informed as physicians think. A recent study showed that actually only 40 percent of patients think the informed consent they signed reflects their actual understanding of the procedure and its risks and benefits. Informed consent is a process, not just a piece of paper, and good informed consent practices have measurable benefits. Patients have a better understanding of the procedures and/or treatments proposed, improved patient satisfaction, improved patient compliance, and better clinical outcomes. This one-hour webinar will help physicians better understand informed consent as a process and its importance to both themselves and their patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the elements of informed consent and why informed consent is required.
  • Discuss the importance of informed consent to both patient and provider.
  • Create a procedure specific consent form for common procedures within the practice.
  • Describe informed consent requirements when dealing with the incompetent patient and with minors.
Faculty Information

David McGrath, CPHRM, has been with Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company since 1996. As a Healthcare Risk Management Consultant he provides advice and guidance to policyholders regarding healthcare risk management issues. David is based in the Seattle office and provides risk management services primarily in Western Washington. 

Planning Group

Marcy Hipskind, MD - Squalicum Family Medicine, Bellingham, WA
Debora Sciscoe, MD - Edmonds Family Medicine/Puget Sound Family Medicine, Edmonds, WA
Tracey L. G. Hugel, RNC-TNP, CHC, CHPC, CPHIMS - Skagit Regional Medical Center, Mount Vernon, WA
Gary Morse, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary - Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Becky Fahey, RN, MPA:HA, CPHRM - Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant - Physicians Insurance, Portland,  OR
Leslie Moore, RN, JD, CPHRM - Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant - Physicians Insurance, Spokane, WA
Kathy Ferris, ARM, CPHRM - Healthcare Risk Management Consultant - Physicians Insurance,  Seattle, WA
Pat McCotter, RN, JD, CPHRM, CPC - Director of Facility Risk Management and Provider Support - Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Cryss. Toycen, CME Specialist - Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA
Mesina McMurray, CME Project Coordinator - Physicians Insurance, Seattle, WA

Original release: December 2013

Last reviewed: December 2016

Expiration: December 2017

CME Information
Category 1 credit is applicable throughout the United States.
Physicians Insurance/Experix members who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.

Physicians Insurance/Experix is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians Insurance/Experix designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

All faculty, planning and peer-review group members have certified that neither they nor their spouses/partners have, nor have had within the health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
Physicians Insurance/Experix has implemented a process to resolve conflicts of interest for each continuing medical education activity, to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and content that is aligned with the interest of the public. Conflicts, if any, are resolved through a peer-review process.

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