Informed Consent With ChiroSecure
Hi everybody Dr. Stuart Hoffman president of Chiro Secure. The class we’re gonna have today is on informed consent to care. There are so many doctors that still do not incorporate informed consent into their practice. And some doctors used things they’re calling an informed consent but actually are not.
So we’re gonna talk a little bit about it today and how it affects your practice, your patients and your safety as well. So I wanna start with where informed consent even came from? Well in the medical world, patients were feed up of not being given information to make informed choices. So the informed consent doctrine stems from the concept that patients have the right to control their body and what happens to it.
Therefore, to be in control, they have to have the absolute right to be informed about the proposed care and the risks associated with it. The opinion of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the association believes that when patients receive appropriate information, informed consent, before undergoing chiropractic care, it will assist in eliminating misunderstanding. And that’s going to be an important thing thru this. Because the communications between the doctor and the patient is essential.
And I actually believe that by utilizing informed consent you actually have an opportunity to increase your communication with that patient. Gain greater trust, greater understanding and hopefully a more compliant patient.
So informed consent requires that the doctor disclose to the patient all significant clinical information that the doctor possesses, which would be necessary material in order to make a decision by the patient, whether or not to undergo the treatment that is being recommended.
Informed consent also allows the patient to make educated decision. Not providing necessary information deprives the patient of an understanding of what they may reasonably expect from such care and does not allow them to understand the inherent risks that they may be taking.
Now we know that with chiropractic care risk is so minimal. But its still the whole purpose of informed consent. And it also impairs their fundamental right to make decisions concerning the types of care if any, they wish to undertake.
So informed consent is supported by the association of Chiropractic Colleges. And they recommend that informed consent be obtained before carrying out any diagnostic or therapeutic procedures on any patients. They further recommend that that if a certain risk is a mere it carries serious consequences such as paralysis or death, it should be regarded as a material risk requiring disclosure.
What are they really talking about? They really talking about the whole stroke issue. The risk is so minimal but they think that it can be serious enough to put that in a category that it should be disclose. Many authors heed this advice and recommend obtaining informed consent prior to performing any chiropractic adjustment.