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