Massachusetts Medical Society: Informed Consent, Decision Aids, and Shared Decision Making

Informed Consent, Decision Aids, and Shared Decision Making

Informed Consent, Decision Aids, and Shared Decision Making

Course Overview

Health care providers need to make sure that their patients understand fully the scope of their medical intervention. Often, patients blindly sign any form placed in front of them, and do not fully comprehend the risks, resulting in competence and performance gaps, between what they believe their Provider will do for them and what may actually occur. This course covers the importance of giving the patient as much information possible, so that the patient may take an active part in the decision of their health care treatment, and thereby, accept some of the responsibility for its outcome.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the underlying policies behind requiring informed consent
  • Discuss the new types of legal claims being brought against physicians related to informed consent
  • Contrast the effectiveness of traditional informed consent forms to newly created decision aids
  • Explain the process in which a physician can participate in shared decision making with a patient


Matthew Mortensen, Content Contributor

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member Physician: $15.00 
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $30.00 
Non-Member Resident/Student: $7.50
Allied Health Professional/Other: $12.00



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

Activity Term

Original Release Date: October 16, 2017
Review Date: N/A         
Termination Date: October 16, 2020

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

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iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 

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