Article: Volume 10 Number 4 Page 146 - October 2017

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  Orth Update 2017; 10: 146-148

Orthodontics:  Informed Consent: A Changing Paradigm?

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Abstract: It is both an ethical and legal obligation for clinicians to ensure patients are fully informed and involved in the decision-making process. A recent landmark case, Montgomery vs Lanarkshire, has emphasized the importance of fully informing patients regarding the risks of treatment and is likely to have significant implications for the dental specialty. This paper aims to provide an overview of informed consent in the UK and discuss the implications of this ruling on orthodontists and the wider dental team.

Clinical relevance: This paper aims to discuss the legal and ethical implications of a recent legal case, Montgomery vs Lankarkshire, on the orthodontic profession and highlight how the case may change the current consent taking process.

Author notes: Amy Arora Gallacher, BDS, MJDF RCS, Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics, Manchester University Dental Hospital, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6FH and Stephen Ward, BDS(Hons), MSc (VUManc), MPhil (Orth), MOrth(Eng) FFD RCS (Ire), FFD (Orth), Consultant in Orthodontics, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn BB2 3HH, UK.

Objective: To understand the principles of informed consent and the recent changes that emphasize the importance of patient-focused, shared decision-making.

Kavo Kerr