|Title:||Documenting Patient Consent to Treatment and Disclosure of Material Risks by Health Practitioners|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1857/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 14 October 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Interim process complimenting OP 1347/00 - Guidelines for Health Practitioners Patient Consent to Treatment and Disclosure of Material Risks.
Superceded by OD 005/06
|Applicable to:||Clinical staff, managers, health administration.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 October 2004|
|Authorised by:||Dr Andrew Robertson, Deputy Director General, Health Care, 06-Oct-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Documenting Patient Consent to Treatment and Disclosure of Material Risks by Health Practitioners
This Operational Circular is designed to complement the Guidelines for Health Practitioners: Patient Consent to Treatment and Disclosure of Material Risk (OP 1347/00) released in October 2000 (Guidelines 2000) and links these Guidelines to tools developed to assist the informed consent process. These Guidelines and consent forms may be accessed on the Office of Safety & Quality in Health Care (OSQH) website at the following addresses:
Under the Terms and Conditions of the Department of Health's Medical Indemnity Version 2 (2004 - 2005), clause 8 (v) Safety & Quality Requirements, medical practitioners must obtain "... written or other patient consent prior to any treatment or procedural intervention and providing patients with an explanation of the planned treatment or procedure including material risks in accordance with Hospital policies and procedures. The key points of the consent discussion must be appropriately documented".
Furthermore, "Where appropriate specific consent forms are available for the planned treatment or procedure, these must be used or such other informed consent forms as required by the Hospital".
There are a currently a range of tools available from the Office of Safety and Quality in Health Care, Queensland Health and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. These include procedure specific consent forms (PSCFs), a consent to treatment (generic) form and procedure specific information (see Appendix). Medical practitioners may currently use any of these tools to ensure compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Medical Indemnity Version 2 (2004 - 2005) and OP 1347/00.
It is the responsibility of Health Services:
Dr Andrew Robertson
This circular last updated: Friday, 25 July 2008 at 10:18am