Public Health and Primary CareCOMMENTARY

Issues of informed consent for non-specialists conducting colorectal cancer screenings

Forrest Bohler, BS; and Allison Garden, BS
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: June 28, 2023

Accepted: August 24, 2023

Published: September 12, 2023

  • Forrest Bohler, BS, 

    Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI, USA

  • Allison Garden, BS, 

    Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, SC, USA

J Osteopath Med; 124(1): 39-42

The United States is currently facing a physician shortage crisis including a lack of specialist providers. Due to this shortage of specialists, some primary care providers offer colorectal cancer screenings in communities with few gastroenterologists, especially in under-resourced areas such as rural regions of the United States. However, discrepancies in training and procedural outcomes raise concerns regarding informed consent for patients. Because osteopathic physicians play a critical role in addressing the physician shortage in these under-resourced communities, this commentary may be especially useful because they are likely to encounter these ethical complexities in their day-to-day practice.

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