December 1-7, 2014
Are Your Patient Education Materials Up-to-Date?
Replacing outdated patient education materials with updated versions is a simple yet effective risk management strategy. During "Patient Education Checkup Week," Dec. 1-7, 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and OMIC urge Eye MDs and office administrators to audit all patient education materials and informed consent documents in their offices to ensure they are current. Accurate, timely patient education and informed consent materials can reduce malpractice risk.
The Academy's brochures, downloadable handouts, and booklets are completely rewritten and redesigned to meet health literacy standards and improve patient comprehension.
How do you if know your patient education materials are current?
Set aside a time for a thorough review of all patient education brochures, informed consent documents and videos, and keep the following tips in mind:
Informed consent documents
Good patient education
- include all possible risks with as much detail as possible;
- include even rare complications so patients are aware;
- are procedure-specific, especially for elective surgeries such as LASIK; and
- document that no guarantee is made regarding outcome of procedure.
- is clear, accurate, up-to-date and thorough;
- avoids misleading statements, such as “eliminate glasses” or “safe and effective”;
- is not overstated and does not instill unrealistic expectations in patient;
- helps improve understanding of consent form risks;
- serves as an “extender” of the oral conversation with patient; and
- is developed by a reliable, professional source.
|Take advantage of savings on all-new patient education materials during Patient Education Checkup Week. Order online or call 866.561.8558.