Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) recently organised a workshop to raise awareness of the policy of informed consent to encourage patients to make decisions about treatment options among health care providers and health practitioners, based on a bill of rights and responsibilities of the patient.
The workshop, organised by the Department of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety in cooperation with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) at the Ministry of Public Health, served as a platform to exchange experiences for the benefit health care providers and health practitioners through exchange of information and taking into account the proposals before them as partners in the change for patients' care.
More than 150 health service providers participated in the workshop from different specialties in the private sector. The training was also attended by managers of the relevant departments of the Ministry of Public Health, the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in addition to the Sidra Medical and Research Center, Aspetar hospital and Qatar Petroleum.
The workshop included presentations about the importance of informed consent, which is one of the rights enshrined in the charter of rights and duties enforced in Qatar since 2015 and adopted by the standing committee of the licences.
The event also highlighted the statistics issued by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) on complaints received concerning the failure to obtain the consent of the patients when providing medical care to them, in addition to displaying samples of approvals that are used by some health care facilities in the state.
The representatives of the Department of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety showed a draft of informed consent policies that opened the doors for discussion and fruitful interaction among audience to identify the challenges and obstacles that they face, through a questionnaire which was distributed at the end of the workshop as a contribution to the finalisation of the policy, which is currently being prepared.
Source Credit: Qatar Tribune