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Article: Volume 41 Number 3 Page 236 - April 2014

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Risk Management:  The Management of Risk Part 2: Good Consent and Communication

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Abstract: Valid consent is an absolute requirement of ethically correct treatment. This second article, in a series covering the management of risk, defines consent but also describes the role that appropriate consent, through good communication, plays in clinical and ethical risk management and the reduction of complaints.

Clinical relevance: Valid consent is fundamental to the ethical and legal treatment of patients.

Author notes: Andrew Collier, LLM BDS, Senior Dento-Legal Consultant, Dental Protection Ltd, Victoria House, 2 Victoria Place, Leeds LS11 5AE, UK.

Objective: To define valid consent and describe the importance and relevance of good communication in the consent process.