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HRMR Annual 2016-17

Beecher Carlson PLANNING FOR LIFE-LONG CARE Informed consent, advanced care planning, and shared decision-making are all ways of managing risks, improving communication, and enhancing patient satisfaction. Barbara Youngberg of Beecher Carlson reports. Annual 2016 | HEALTHCARE RISK MANAGEMENT REVIEW | 9 UBER IMAGES / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM As early as 1905 with the famous tort case of Mohr v Williams the issue of informed consent (a patient’s rights in determining the treatments she or he receives) has been discussed by the Court. In this landmark case, patient Mohr agreed that physician Dr. Williams was to operate on her right ear. During surgery, however, Dr. Williams decided that the left ear was in greater need of surgery, and he performed the procedure on the left ear without obtaining consent from Mohr. She later charged the defendant with battery. The Court found in favor of Mohr for her allegations of battery and stated that in the absence of an emergency a doctor does not have a free license to attempt to remedy all non-critical problems found. The �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� left ear presented a serious or life-threatening situation. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Canterbury v Spence in 1972, the Court stated, “every human being of adult years and sound


HRMR Annual 2016-17
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