What mastectomy case means for providers

Bachman, Radha V.; Reding, Barbara
November 2009
Same-Day Surgery;Nov2009, Vol. 33 Issue 11, p113
Academic Journal
The article discusses the ways in providing informed consent for surgery practices. It relates the case of a 31-year-old woman who underwent an unnecessary left mastectomy without knowing the choices aside from mastectomy, and failed to receive a proper pre-surgical evaluation. It discusses the significance of risks, benefits, and alternatives as vital components in giving informed consent. It mentions the need for health care organizations to provide medical staff education on informed consent.


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