Informed Consent: What Does It Mean?
SOURCE: Health Insights Today ~ Sept 2013
Interview with Simon Dagenais, DC, PhD, MSc
Interviewed by Daniel Redwood, DC
Simon Dagenais, DC, PhD, MSc is uniquely qualified as an expert in a wide range of health and health policy areas. Since receiving his doctor of chiropractic degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2000, Dagenais received a PhD in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy (with emphasis in Epidemiology and Public Health) from the University of California, Irvine in 2005, followed by a Master of Science in Health Economics, Policy, and Management from the London School of Economics in 2011. He is also certified in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs by the University of California, San Diego, and certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Along with Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD, Dr. Dagenais was an instrumental contributor to the widely-respected Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders, whose work was documented in eight papers in Spine in 2008. Currently, he is the program co-chair for nonoperative treatment of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and also serves on the NASS value committee. The list of his other accomplishments is extraordinarily impressive for a relatively young research and policy expert – perhaps best illustrated by the fact that his peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, technical reports, books and book chapters total 100 as of mid-2013.
In 2013, The Back Letter gave extensive coverage to an article by Dagenais et al in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on informed consent in the chiropractic profession, calling it, “perhaps the best article ever written on informed consent for low back pain.”
In this Health Insights Today interview, Dr. Dagenais discusses a wide range of issues related to informed consent, including the need for practitioners of all types to become well-informed about all alternative treatment approaches so that they may share these in an unbiased way with patients, thus enabling patients to make informed decisions about their health care choices.
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