Informed Consent in Surgical Trials
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1984 Oct 13; 289(6450): 937-938.
A questionnaire was circulated to surgeons concerning the reasons for difficulty in recruiting patients for a randomized clinical trial comparing segmental mastectomy with total mastectomy in treating breast cancer. Seventy-three percent of the respondents cited problems with the physician patient relationship as the reason why few or none of their patients were entered in the trial. The authors conclude that both surgeons and patients were troubled by the uncertainty of the experimental situation, and that the physicians were disturbed at having to communicate uncertainty to patients, many of whom wanted the decision to be made by their doctors. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Breast Cancer; Cancer; Consent; Disclosure; Doctors; Females; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Mastectomy; Motivation; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Random Selection; Research; Research Design; Risks and Benefits; Selection of Subjects; Surgery; Survey; Uncertainty;
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