EthicsLab Essentials Informed Consent

Informed consent is one of the foundational ethical principles in health care that supports patient autonomy, or stated differently, the patients right to self-determination. More and more the standard for what clinicians should inform patients about the risks benefits and alternatives of treatment are no longer determined by what a responsible body of physicians deems important, but rather by what a reasonable patient deems important. What is needed to meet that goal is a collaborative communication process between clinicians and patients that integrates the best evidence available with the patients values and preferences to promote high quality health care decisions. In the United States at least half of the states have adopted the reasonable patient standard regarding informed consent.

This episode of EthicsLab Essentials is led by lead contributor Rachelle Barina, VP – Mission Integration at SSM Health based in Wisconsin and is in conversation with two nationally known guests:

  • Dr. Jenny Heyl, Director of Ethics at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis
  • Dr. Kayhan Parsi, Professor of Bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics: Loyola University Chicago

After registration, participants pursuing CME credit must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1: review and acknowledge the EthicsLab Essentials Informed Consent accreditation and disclosure statements and complete pre-test to evaluate participant knowledge before listening to the podcast episode
  • Step 2: listen to the EthicsLab Essentials Informed Consent podcast episode
  • Step 3: complete post test to evaluate participant knowledge gained after listening to the podcast episode
  • Step 4: complete evaluation

Once all steps have been successfully completed, participants are issued a PDF certificate that can be printed or saved electronically for submission to accreditation boards.