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With the recent adoption of new informed consent requirements for California chiropractors, the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners has joined the ranks of only a few chiropractic regulatory agencies in the [U.S.] to require its licensees to inform patients of potential risks of their treatment.  The new law, which goes into effect on Oct. 7, 2011, requires chiropractors to obtain patient consent prior to providing any treatment that could pose a risk of harm to the patient. Specifically, this regulation will do the following:

  • Require all licensees to inform each patient, verbally and in writing, of the material risks of proposed care (defining "material" as a procedure inherently involving known risk of serious bodily harm)
  • Require the licensee to obtain the patient's written informed consent prior to initiating clinical care
  • Provide that the signed written consent shall become part of the patient's record
  • Specify that a violation of the above requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct and may subject the licensee to disciplinary action

Dynamic Chiropractic (12th September 2011)