Consent to Treat Forms

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When was the last time you reviewed your “consent to treat” form? Does it have all the necessary information?

As part of the ongoing quality of care, it is required to have the patient sign a “consent to treat” form. The purpose is simply to make the patient aware of the medical treatment the physician is recommending as well as their options for care and risks of that care.

Included on the form should be the patient’s name, his/her diagnosis, the treatment currently scheduled and the possible complications of the care. The consent should be in easy to understand terminology. The purpose of the consent to treat form is to make sure that the patient understands their options and can make informed decisions.

The requirements of the form vary from state to state. It’s a good idea to contact your attorney or state government agencies to be sure you are in compliance with your state regulations.