Diagnostic Imaging and Informed Consent

2012 - 13

As part of the Commonwealth Government’s Diagnostic Imaging Quality Program, the Department of Health and Ageing has funded CHF to inform and consult with healthcare consumers about current diagnostic imaging practice.

The project seeks to enhance informed consent and informed financial consent by guiding consumers through the costs issues associated with diagnostic imaging, enhance the provision of consumer information prior to the point of testing, and produce a consumer resource to assist consumers to gather key information to support decision-making.

This is being supplemented by a discussion paper and face to face consultations, which have examined consumer perspectives on the informed consent processes around diagnostic imaging and tests. The recommendations, findings and issues identified through these consultations are being used to develop a resource that guides consumers on obtaining information that is relevant to diagnostic imaging and will help them partner in the decision making process.