Gastrointestinal (GI) Procedure Consent

May 1, 2008 | Ambulatory Care Risk Management


Obtaining informed consent is a nondelegable duty that physicians owe to their patients, according to the law in many states. Administrative duties, such as ensuring that informed consent forms are signed by the patient and that the patient's signature is appropriately witnessed, may be delegated to others. The physician who obtained the patient's informed consent should document its procurement in the patient's medical record. Although primary care physicians are often the source of patient referrals to specialists and typically provide patients with preliminary information about specific procedures, the specialist has the legal duty to obtain the patient's informed consent for procedures that he or she will perform. Although many elective tests and procedures are performed in hospitals or other dedicated facilities, informed consent discussions generally occur in the setting of the specialty practice.

The form presented here includes four procedures (colonoscopy, upper intestinal endoscopy, fiberoptic bronchoscopy,...

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