Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-36.1
License of Naturopathy Act of 2017

SECTION 5-36.1-18

§ 5-36.1-18. Informed consent and disclosure.

Prior to initiating treatment by a doctor of naturopathy each patient must read and sign a disclosure statement containing the following information:

(1) Rhode Island does not recognize doctors of naturopathy as primary-care providers and a doctor of naturopathy is not responsible for the overall medical care of any patient.

(2) Naturopathic care is intended only as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, medical care from a physician, physician assistant (PA), or advanced-practice registered nurse (APRN), and doctors of naturopathy shall coordinate patient care with physicians and other health care providers.

(3) Patients are urged to have a primary-care provider and to have all specialty care provided by a properly credentialed physician specialist.

(4) Doctors of naturopathy are not licensed to prescribe drugs or to advise patients regarding prescription drugs beyond possible dietary supplement/herb – prescription drug interactions. All questions regarding prescription medications should be directed to the prescriber or to the patient's primary care provider or licensed registered pharmacist.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2017, ch. 230, § 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 329, § 1.)