Informed Consent

The informed consent process remains one of the most important risk management tools physicians have in improving defensibility of claims when adverse events occur. If there is a complication or adverse outcome associated with a surgical procedure or delivery, lack of informed consent is usually one of the allegations. 

Contemporaneous documentation of the informed consent process serves as the foundation for defense. For a detailed discussion of the informed consent process, as well as sample forms, refer to the downloadable resources below.