Clarifying Informed Consent

American Society For Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
By Leigh Ann Yates, MBA, CPHRM, AIC, FASHRM
February 27, 2019

Informed consent can be a confusing concept. In addition to different components of consent to understand, there are regulatory, state and federal mandates that apply. The following discusses elements of informed consent along with guidelines to consider when establishing, implementing and improving the informed consent process.

Having clear processes and well-written consent forms are just the beginning of the communication necessary for informed consent. Providers must ensure patients completely understand the treatments and procedures. Common barriers include literacy challenges, educational issues, language barriers, lack of communication tools, as well as difficulty determining who has the right to consent.