White Paper / Risk Management
Informed Consent, Wisconsin Style

Informed consent is a fundamental aspect of patient care. It is not just a signature on a form, it is a communication process between doctor and patient. If that process does not meet certain standards, the provider is at risk. Fully understanding the medical/legal concept of informed consent will help providers avoid medical negligence liability.

In April 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a physician was negligent because she did not discuss alternative diagnoses and testing with a patient-and thus failed to adequately obtain the patient's informed consent. This white paper explains the Court's decision and explores how a Wisconsin provider might apply the Court's ruling in his or her own medical practice.

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