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Case Report: Ethics of Informed Consent (1 hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Practicing and resident physicians of all specialties. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Description: In many cases, the law and appropriate ethical behavior are indistinguishable; however, they do not always share such simple boundaries. Each state’s law addresses what is necessary to obtain legal consent to surgery or a procedure, generally, including patient competence, receipt of adequate information, voluntariness, and understanding. Healthcare legal decisions are guided by how the facts satisfy those required elements of the law. Ethical codes reach beyond those requirements and typically have no tolerance for misrepresentations of educational background, certification status and professional experience. This monograph reviews the legal and medical ethical implications of disclosing surgical outcome data of an individual surgeon during the informed consent process.

Original Release Date: September 15, 2016
Review Date: March 15, 2019
Expiration Date: September 15, 2019

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to:
1) Apply the autonomy ethical principle discussed to individually evaluate each informed
    consent process’ factual situation, and find a balance between disclosing  too much and
    too little information while still being responsive to the patient’s concerns.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

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: 1.0


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

CME Disclosure Policy: LAMMICO requires planners, speakers, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CME activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the CME activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism for resolution of conflict of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

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

About the Author: Karen Duncan, Attorney at Law - Read Bio

Medical Expert Reviewer: F. Jeff White, III, MD, FACC, FCCP - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director 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 © 2016

Bibliography: To view and download References & Resources for this presentation, please select the References tab/link below.

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