Risk Management

“My Doctor Never Told Me That Would Happen” – A Patient Centered Approach to Informed Consent – Part Three

Course Description

Informed consent is a collaborative process where ophthalmologists and patients (family members) communicate and exchange information prior to making important eye healthcare decisions. In the video “My Doctor Never Told Me That Would Happen” – A Patient Centered Approach to Informed Consent, past OMIC Board Member, Tamara R. Fountain, MD, guides viewers through the many issues surrounding the informed consent process.

In Part Three of this video, Dr. Fountain reviews some “real world applications” of the informed consent process such as:

  1. Patients insisting that the physician, “Do whatever you think best”
  2. Parents refusing to consent to their child having necessary surgery
  3. In a teaching setting, patients who refuse to allow residents/fellows perform surgery
  4. The importance of understanding a patient’s social/cultural background and economic status as it relates to surgery/treatment
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