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Informed decision-making

Informed decision-making



Time to Complete

0.5 hours


January 10, 2017


January 18, 2019

Programme Description

In the first of a free series on legal and ethical aspects of primary care, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward looks at consent in the wake of a landmark clinical negligence claim. Key learning points for GPs include the current definition of informed patient consent, the way a material risk is determined, and how to approach obtaining informed consent. This article is provided by the MDU.

This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 4.5 CPD credits.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand the importance of the patient’s perspective on consent
  • Appreciate how the definition of a material risk has changed
  • Recall what is involved in obtaining informed consent
  • List the exceptional circumstances in which a material risk does not have to be discussed
  • Approach consent as an ongoing conversation rather than a tick-box exercise
  • Author

    Dr Beverley Ward
    Medico-legal adviser
    Medical Defence Union


    This article is provided by the MDU


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.


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