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Educate residents about informed consent

Residency Program Insider, February 17, 2017

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Obtaining informed consent—a patient’s understanding of the risks and alternatives to any recommended treatment—is an important communication skill that residents must be taught. However, a 2013 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that only 9% of 1,000 patient encounters studied demonstrated informed decision making by the patients.

Programs across the country are incorporating informed consent training into their curriculum. For example, Southern Illinois University HealthCare has faculty observe internal medicine residents in specially designed scenarios to see if they can recognize when a patient has limited capacities. Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has also included informed consent into its communication skills curriculum for all incoming residents as part of its effort to improve overall quality and safety.

Source: AAMC News
 



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