Patients' Perceptions of the Quality of Informed Consent for Common Medical Procedures
Sulmasy, Daniel P.
Lehmann, Lisa S.
Levine, David M.
Faden, Ruth R.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1994 Fall; 5(3): 189-194.
...Researchers who have conducted theoretical studies in medical ethics suggest that there are several critical elements in the process of obtaining an adequate informed consent. These include that: (1) the consent-giver must have adequate decision-making capacity, (2) the nature of the procedure, its risks, and alternatives must be disclosed, (3) the consent-giver must understand this information, and (4) the consent-giver must freely authorize the procedure. We investigated how patients perceived the quality of the informed-consent process in relation to these critical elements. We focused our research on procedures that were common but not routine, somewhat invasive but not overly risky, and performed at the bedside by medical house officers: these were thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, and bone marrow aspiration.
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