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The purpose of this program is to provide a basic understanding of the ethical and legal requirements of the informed consent process. The program will discuss the goals of the process, the necessary content of an informed consent discussion, some exceptions to consent requirements, and what to do if a patient refuses to give consent. The course is appropriate for physicians as well as other non-MD practitioners who perform therapeutic and/or invasive procedures along the continuum of care.

This course focuses on informed consent for medical treatment. It does not address consent for other purposes such as research or organ donation. For further information on types of consent not covered by this course, refer to the list of references at the end of this course and consult with your facility's risk manager.

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Informed Consent: A Communication Process Online course
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