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Twelve tips for teaching the informed consent conversation

Authors: Asha Anandalah & Laura Rock.
Med Teach. 2019; 41(4):465-70.

Obtaining informed consent is a complex and challenging process. In this article authors provide a roadmap, listed as 12 tips, for teaching the essential components of how to obtain informed consent:

  1. Choose a time and place for the consent conversation that emphasizes its value;
  2. Emphasize the importance of first making a connection and establishing trust;
  3. Counsel the trainee to assess for barriers to discussing informed consent;
  4. Reinforce principles of effective communication;
  5. Review the core elements of an informed consent conversation;
  6. Ensure the trainee is knowledgable about the procedure;
  7. Specify how to discuss risk;
  8. Teach the trainee to discuss the procedure in the context of the individual patient’s circumstances;
  9. Explain how to articulate an informed decision;
  10. Adapt your teaching to the clinical context;
  11. Discuss and review documentation; and
  12. Observe and debrief the experience afterwards.

You can find this article here.

* I have no financial interest to disclose (GP).

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