Should you give your patients pre-treatment information?

There is no stipulation that pre-treatment information must be supplied.  However the Osteopathic Practice Standards do state that before examining and treating a patient you should ensure they understand: their rights as a patient – including having a chaperone or stopping treatment at any time, what they can realistically expect from you as an osteopath, benefits and risks associated with treatment and alternatives to treatment.

That is a lot of information to pass on and a lot for patients to take on.  In our view a pre-treatment booklet provides a method of providing information to patients when they have time to read and absorb information.  A booklet helps you to provide consistent information to your patients which can then be discussed and applied to their individual condition.  If you already provide pre-treatment information maybe this post will be a prompt to review your information and make sure you are passing on the required information.  There is an audit check-list for pre-treatment information in the membership folder.

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