Informed Consent - National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Informed Consent

No. Written consents are still required for invasive procedures including surgeries, invasive diagnostic tests, dental extractions and use of psychotropic medications. In fact, a blanket refusal for treatment would not be in compliance with the I-05 standard either.

— From CorrectCare Volume 23, Issue 3, Summer 2009

Any procedure requiring written consent in the community also requires a signed consent from an inmate in a correctional setting. Generally, written consent is required for any treatment or procedure that is invasive and carries some risk of an adverse outcome. Note, though, that not all health encounters require written consent. If the treatment/procedure is neither risky nor invasive, consent may be implied when the patient shows up for the health encounter. That said, if your facility wants to obtain written consent for every health encounter, it may do so. Standard J-I-05 Informed Consent and Right to Refuse Treatment addresses these issues in more detail.

— From CorrectCare Volume 17, Issue 2, Spring 2003; updated February 2010