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Beyond Informed Consent (1.5 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Physicians of all specialties. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Description: Patients have more choices than ever before about new procedures and treatments. The proliferation of medical news in the popular media fuels unrealistic expectations for a perfect outcome, making a truly Informed Consent more important than ever.  However, Informed Consent continues to be a source of medical error and medical malpractice claims.  Obtaining consent is sometimes delegated to someone other than the physician performing the procedure; it is sometimes reduced to obtaining a signature on a piece of paper.  As a result, written consent can be perceived by the patient as a waiver of liability for the physician and facility, and not a benefit to the patient.  A recent journal article has proposed a return to the original intent of the consent process: Patient Education. It is believed that returning to an educational model will result in a better educated, more medically compliant patient population with better outcomes and fewer lawsuits. This Internet educational activity will inform physicians of the necessary components of the consent process and how these may be integrated into an educational model.

Original Release Date: August 5, 2011
Review Date: May 10, 2017
Expiration Date: May 10, 2020

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. State who should obtain informed consent and why
2. Describe the types of risk that should be disclosed to the patient
3. State what is advisable to document in the chart about the informed consent discussion
4. Define informed refusal and what this should prompt the physician to do

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: Up to 90 minutes

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.5


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' Beyond Informed Consent ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Nuclear Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker & Authors: Katy Caraway, JD & Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM - Read full bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2011

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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