TITLE

INFORMED CONSENT: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

AUTHOR(S)
Wilbraham, L.; Ravindran, R.; Marriott, A.; Laasch, H. U.; England, R. E.; Martin, D. F.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA10
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Over the past two years, researchers have developed a nurse led information service and shown that it improves patients' satisfaction and perceived understanding of ERCP. To validate this consent process authors investigated patients' true understanding of the procedure they were to undergo and the correlation with patients' perceived level of understanding. Although patients on the whole, believe they understand explanations given to them, in really they know disappointingly little. This questions the validity of "informed" consent and needs to be taken into account when talking to patients. A short "exam" prior to the procedure increases the actual understanding and improves consent.
ACCESSION #
13218850

 

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