In collaboration with the health authorities and other key stakeholders, the Ministry of Health has developed Consent to Health Care in BC: A Course for Health Care Providers. This course has been developed in response to a demand for a learning tool that clarifies the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in seeking consent to health care services.
This course, comprised of four learning modules (Background, Seeking Consent, Capability and Incapability, and Consent in a Residential Care Setting) is intended to guide health care providers (including staff of residential care facilities) in seeking valid consent from adults prior to delivering health care services. The information in the course may also be of interest to family and friends who are advocating for adults who are assessed to be incapable of making their own health care decisions.
This course does not cover material relating to health care consent for minors (under the age of 19), the Adult Guardianship Act, or Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act which has not yet been brought into force. The course is publicly available through the Provincial Health Services Authority.