Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Health Care Leaders

Program Description

This course is designed primarily for healthcare professionals working in a hospital setting. A companion course, Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Health Care Professionals, is more applicable to non-hospital settings. Click HERE to access the other course “Making an Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Health Care Professionals.”

Informed consent requires clear communication about choices, and it is not simply a signature on a form. Improving informed consent is important because, even after signing a form, patients often do not understand the benefits, harms, and risks of treatment, possible poor outcomes, or that they can opt out. This course covers principles of an informed consent, crafting and disseminating an informed consent policy, and building systems to improve the informed consent process. 


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe strategies and system changes to nurture a hospital culture that supports a high-quality policy of informed consent.
  • Summarize the principles of informed consent in healthcare.
  • Launch an Informed Consent quality improvement initiative at your hospital. 


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developers

The Doctors Company is pleased to offer this course that was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Contract No. HHSA290201000031I, Task Order #3.  The development and production of this course was a joint effort by AHRQ, Abt Associates, and The Joint Commission.

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates two hours for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 17017.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 05/08/2017
Expiration Date for This Activity: 11/30/2020


The Doctors Company is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. 

The Doctors Company designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits. 


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

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