Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-16-2021

Publication Title

JBJS Rev

Abstract

In the United States, orthopaedic surgeons have a legal obligation to obtain informed consent from patients before performing surgery; it is a process that includes a signed written document. There are specific legal requirements that vary somewhat by state but generally include disclosure and documentation of the diagnosis, an explanation of the recommended procedure, a conversation about the risks and benefits of the procedure, and a discussion about alternative treatments. Inadequate disclosure of risks and alternatives is associated with increased indemnity risk. Studies have shown that many consent processes and forms are suboptimal.

PubMed ID

34270504

Volume

9

Issue

7

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