DS Consent Awareness

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DS Consent Awareness

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Introduction to Consent in Healthcare

  • Definition and significance of informed consent
  • Overview of legal requirements and ethical principles
  • The role of healthcare professionals in obtaining consent

Legal Frameworks Governing Consent

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The Health Care Consent Act
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

Principles of Gaining Uncoerced Consent

  • Definition and importance of uncoerced consent
  • Recognising and preventing coercion
  • Case studies and examples

Assessing Mental Capacity

  • The presumption of capacity
  • Steps to assess capacity
  • Handling situations where capacity is in doubt

Communication Strategies for Informed Consent

  • Techniques for effective communication with patients
  • Ensuring understanding: risks, benefits, and alternatives
  • Culturally competent communication

Practical Steps for Obtaining Consent

  • Preparing for the consent process
  • Conducting consent discussions
  • Documenting consent accurately and thoroughly

Special Considerations in Consent

  • Consent for minors and individuals with impaired capacity
  • Advance decisions and directives
  • The role of family and caregivers in the consent process

Ethical and Professional Responsibilities

  • The duty of care in obtaining consent
  • Addressing and resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Maintaining patient trust and autonomy

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