This section aims to promote the understanding and use of informed consent in pediatric dental care.
AAPD Informed Consent
The informed consent process allows the patient or, in the case of minors, the parent or guardian to participate in and retain autonomy over the health care received. Informed consent also may decrease the practitioner’s liability from claims associated with miscommunication. Informed consent is governed by the statutes and case laws of individual states; oral health care providers should review the applicable laws and regulations of their state.
Informed Consent: More Than Getting a Signature
In this article, the Joint Commission describes issues of informed consent, barriers to patient understanding, and safety actions to consider when obtaining informed consent.
ADA Center for Professional Success: Informed Consent and Refusal
The ADA Practice Management Resource provides guidance on obtaining informed consent and managing refusal of consent and treatment.
Informed Consent in Decision-Making in Pediatric Practice
This is a policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding informed consent.
Informed Consent reviews the required elements for documentation of informed consent discussion and various clinical situations requiring informed consent.
Informed Consent in Pediatric Dentistry: A Comprehensive Overview
This discussion of informed consent in the context of historic legal cases emphasizes consent for dental treatment, pediatric dental treatment, and behavior management.
Consent, Restraint, and People with Special Needs: A Review
This article reviews the literature pertaining to informed consent and applicable laws for people with special needs and use of medical immobilization.
Informed Consent: Corner Stone in Ethical Medical and Dental Practice
Informed Consent: Corner Stone in Ethical Medical and Dental Practicediscusses types of informed consent, procedures requiring informed consent, consent pertaining to children, medical and dental photography, and dental tourism.
Informed Consent in Dentistry
Informed Consent in Dentistry emphasizes disclosure of treatment options and benefits of shared-decision-making during the informed consent process.
Interventions to Promote Informed Consent for Patients Undergoing Surgical and Other Invasive Healthcare Procedures
This meta-analysis includes 65 RCTs of interventions to promoted informed consent for patients undergoing surgical/invasive healthcare procedures. Informed consent increased patient knowledge and satisfaction with decision-making and reduced decisional conflict.
The University of Texas Health Science Center Informed Consent Training
This resource pertains to obtaining informed consent for participation in a research study.
Risk Management: Dental Informed Consent Training
This 3-part video course reviews the basics of informed consent, informed refusal, and the difference between negligence and consent.
Informed Consent and Decision Making: The Code of Medical Ethics
Informed Consent and Decision Making: The Code of Medical Ethics is a demonstration of the standard process of informed consent and how to handle situations when consent cannot be given; eligible for CME credit through October 2, 2020 (AMA members - free, non-members - $20.00).
Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training
This training module prepared by the Joint Commission provides guidance on improving the informed consent process for healthcare providers and hospital leadership.
Informed Consent: An Ethical and Legal Imperative Training
This webinar by the MedPro Group reviews elements of informed consent including provider-patient discussion and use of the appropriate forms, as well as risk mitigation strategies related to the consent process.
Ethics in Medicine: Informed Consent
This resource, developed by the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is intended for clinicians in training.
Informed Consent: Optimism Versus Reality
Informed Consent: Optimism Versus Reality assesses parental understanding of consent based on their knowledge of the actual treatment rendered, including type of anesthesia used and number and type of teeth that would be extracted. A portion of subjects did not fully understand the proposed treatment plan despite adequately provided information.
The Legal Status of Informed Consent for Behavior Management Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry
The Legal Status of Informed Consent for Behavior Management Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry underscores the necessity of parental consent prior to the use of behavior management techniques in order to avoid legal liability.
Informed Consent: A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Dr. Jay Baxley
This publication provides a summary on the history of consent, why informed consent is important to dental practice, and helpful information on the process of gathering informed consent from patients. The document also contains a test for assessing your knowledge.
California Dental Association (CDA) Informed Consent Forms
Sample informed consent forms for dental procedures from the California Dental Association.
Patient Safety & Risk Solutions Informed Consent Samples
Sample informed consent forms for dental procedures from MedPro.
Consent Forms From the National Network on Oral Health Access
Sample informed consent forms for dental procedures from the National Network for Oral Health Access.