Making an Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Healthcare Professionals


Examine problems with the process of informed consent for healthcare professionals, describe the principles of informed consent, and discuss the implications of a good informed consent processes in non-hospital settings.

Course ID #: TDE 200791.0 Issue Date: 07/21/2020 Expiration Date: 12/31/2023


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of informed consent.

  • Describe strategies for clear communication about choices during the informed consent process.

  • Describe strategies for presenting choices (e.g. showing structured decision aids encouraging questions).

  • Describe appropriate ways to document and confirm informed consent, and to work as part of a team.


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.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

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 educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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The Doctors Company designates this activity for one 2.25 continuing education credits.

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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