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Australas Chiropr Osteopathy. 2004 July; 12(1): 19–23.
PMCID: PMC2051308

Risk Management for Chiropractors and Osteopaths. Informed consent

A Common Law Requirement
Bruce F. Walker, DC, MPH, DrPH., Melainie Cameron, B.App.Sc.(Osteo.), M.H.Sc., Simon French, B.App.Sc.(Chiro.), M.P.H., Henry P. Pollard, Ph.D., B.Sc., Grad.Dip.(Chiro.), Grad.Dip.App.Sc., M.Sport.Sc., Andrew L. Vitiello, B.Sc., M.Chiro., John W. Reggars, D.C., M.Chiro.Sc., and Peter D. Werth, B.App.Sc.(Chiro.).


Obtaining the informed consent of a patient before undertaking chiropractic or osteopathic treatment is a common law requirement in Australia. This paper outlines the essential elements of informed consent and provides some practice tips on streamlining the process.

Keywords: Chiropractic, osteopathy, informed consent, risk management

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