Dr. Grady suspects that physicians could use more education on why informed consent is important. During a recent experience she had talking to a group of surgeons about informed consent, she found that while most surgeons understood that a document needed to be signed prior to a procedure, the surgeons appreciated little beyond that.
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“Maybe the form is just one little piece of what they should be doing when they are talking to their patients,” she said, adding that they should also be giving the patient the opportunity to understand the details of what is going on, and giving him or her a choice about it.
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical writer based in Minnesota.