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CHA Releases New Publication on Consent Principles and Advance Directives

CD recording of principles of consent web seminar also available

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CHA has published a new publication that covers the basic principles of patient consent for health care treatment. The Principles of Consent and Advance Directives handbook explains why and when consent is necessary, who may give consent, how consent for minors is different, and procedures that require special consent. It also describes hospitals’ obligations when dealing with complicated issues like advance health care directives, California’s POLST form, refusal of treatment and end-of-life decisions.

“We wanted to develop a resource that focuses on the fundamentals of consent for both experienced professionals and those new to the hospital setting,” said Lois Richardson, CHA vice president, legal publications and education. “This handbook is a great tool for hospitals to use in compliance training for physicians, nurses, health care attorneys, risk managers, social workers and others.”

Principles of Consent and Advance Directives contains the first five chapters from CHA’s popular Consent Manual. It features several quick reference guides and more than 30 sample forms and appendixes. All legal citations and an index have also been included. And the handbook contains all state and federal consent law through July 2011.

CD Recording of Web Seminar
In addition, CHA is offering a CD recording of the Sept 8 web seminar on consent principles and advance directives. Expert faculty review the highlights of the handbook and field questions from participants regarding their most common challenges surrounding consent for treatment. Faculty include veteran consent law speakers Peggy Nakamura, JD, RN, assistant vice president, chief risk officer and counsel at Adventist Health, and Susan Penney, JD, director of risk management for the University of California, San Francisco.

Manuals and CD are offered separately or combined for a discounted rate. For more information visit and