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While working through my return to practice portfolio, I came across the need for consent. In my roles in the past it was “common sense” to apply this in my practice. Now the role has evolved. I understand that when providing any additional or enhanced service, consent is gained in writing. What about verbal consent and implied consent. In the past asking for consent was incorporated in to the questioning style, for example “would you like to move to a more quieter area of the Pharmacy to discuss this” or “do you mind if I take a look at your hand” . As the role is extending more in to surgeries and clinics and use of the consulting room is much more common and some pharmacists are carrying out physical examinations, how is consent gained and is any of this documented, if so where (in addition to the PMR)?
What I am really asking is for examples of “best practice” of gaining consent in the roles community pharmacists are carrying out nowadays.
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