A3. Give patients the information they want or need to know in a way they can understand.
- Before examining or treating a patient, you should ensure that they understand:
- Their rights as a patient, including the right to have a chaperone present and to stop the examination or treatment at any time.
- What they can realistically expect from you as an osteopath.
- Inform your patients of any material or significant risks associated with the treatment you are proposing, as well as anticipated benefits, and confirm their understanding of these. If you are proposing no treatment, you should explain potential risks associated with this. You should discuss care options and encourage patients to ask questions, dealing with these clearly, fully and honestly.
- If you propose to examine or treat a patient who has difficulty communicating or understanding, you should take all reasonable steps to assist them. For example, make use of an appropriate interpreter if the patient communicates in a different language to you. If you are unable to communicate sufficiently with the patient, you should not treat them.
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