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Virtual Patient Case: Informed Consent

Key Case Concepts

In order for a patient to choose whether to have a treatment or not, they need to provide informed consent. Consent requires that 3 elements be present:

  1. The patient has received all the necessary information
  2. The patient has the capacity to understand the information and appreciate the impact of the proposed treatment
  3. The patient is not being coerced into having the treatment
Accreditation Statement

This event is an Accredited Self-Assessment Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

Credit Info
0.5 learning hours
1.5 Section 3 MOC Credits

Learning Objectives

By the end of this case, you should be able to:

  • Identify the information that must be disclosed to patients in the context of informed consent
  • List modalities that can improve the understanding and retention of information
  • Explain the impact of communication style on the creation of trust in the process of informed consent
  • Give examples of patient centered communication strategies in the context of informed consent
  • Recognize the conditions that make delegation of consent permissible
  • Explain the role of good documentation as part of the informed consent process

Case Author

Richard Mimeault MD, Practice Improvement, Canadian Medical Protective Association

Case Audience

  • General Surgeons
  • General Surgery Residents and Fellows

Virtual Patient Case Developers

  • David Fleiszer MDCM
  • Nancy Posel PhD

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