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Hospital policies – when healthcare providers have different opinions in obstetrics

Healthcare professional filling out chart with patient in background

15 minutes

Published: December 2021

Learning objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  1. State the purpose of hospital policies and identify strategies to manage potential deviations from these policies.
  2. Outline strategies to improve communication between healthcare providers who may have differing opinions on patient care.
  3. Appreciate the steps needed to ensure informed refusal without coercion when the patient’s wishes differ from the procedure set out in hospital policies.

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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CMPA. You may claim a maximum of 0.5 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

The College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC)

This online 2-credit-per-hour Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.


Scientific Planning Committee: Dr. Eileen Bridges1, Dr. Shirley Lee1, Dr. Katherine Larivière1, Dr. Liisa Honey1, Dr. Tino Piscione1, Dr. Janet Nuth1

Employees of: 1. Paid employee of the CMPA

Conflict of Interest: The members of the Scientific Planning Committee have no financial or professional affiliation with any organization that can be perceived as a conflict of interest in the context of this online program.

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