Consumers and Informed Consent

2012

An increasing body of evidence suggests that health outcomes are improved when consumers are viewed as partners. However, consumers regularly raise concerns with CHF about a lack of informed consent and/or informed financial consent, when receiving healthcare. Improvements to informed consent and informed financial consent in Australian healthcare settings are needed to empower consumers and support decision-making about their health. If consumers are informed and engaged, they are likely to play a greater role in their healthcare, including in self-management and prevention.

In 2012, the Bupa Health Foundation (BHF) funded CHF to review current evidence about consumers’ knowledge of processes for informed consent and informed financial consent; consult with consumers across Australia about these issues, and identify areas for improvement.

About the project

The objectives of the Consumers and Informed Consent project are to:

  • Build an evidence base about consumers’ current knowledge of processes for informed consent and informed financial consent
  • Identify areas where consumers’ information needs are not being met
  • Develop resources and strategies to ensure consumers can access necessary information and health professionals are aware of best practice principals in obtaining informed consent and informed financial consent
  • Liaise with health professional and other relevant groups to encourage distribution of resources and promote good practice in obtaining informed consent and informed financial consent.