Course: Risk Management Focus: Informed Consent Plus
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 2
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 1.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 6/20/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Informed consent for physicians

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Risk Management Focus
Informed Consent Plus


The reason for obtaining genuinely informed consent is far more than just a matter of tending to ethical or legal niceties. If the courts find that you treated your patient without consent, you can be held liable for any adverse outcome, including the known and normal risks associated with that treatment. That’s true even if there was no evidence of negligence in your performance of the procedure or in follow-up treatment. Further, the absence of informed consent can also lead to charges of medical battery. If the jury finds that you committed battery against the patient, you can be held liable even if both your performance of the procedure and the outcome were perfect and the patient suffered no injuries.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1. Outline the information that must be shared with the patient to obtain informed consent.
2. E xplain the physician’s nondelegable duties in obtaining informed consent.
3. Describe proper techniques for documenting the patient education and informed consent processes.

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians of any specialty who perform procedures or administer treatments that require informed consent.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 2 hours.


Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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