Is Informed Consent Effective in Trauma Patients?
Journal of Medical Ethics 2008 November; 34(11): 780-782
BACKGROUND: Informed consent in the modern era is a common and important topic both for the well-informed patient and to prevent unnecessary litigation. However, the effectiveness of informed consent in trauma patients is an under-researched area. This paper aims to assess the differences in patient recall of the consent process and desire for information by performing a comparative analysis between orthopaedic trauma and elective patients. METHODS: Information from 41 consecutive elective operations and 40 consecutive trauma operations was collected on the first post-operative day. RESULTS: 100% of elective patients and 90% of trauma patients knew what operation they had received (p = 0.06). Overall recall of complications was poor, but was significantly lower in trauma patients compared with elective patients (62% vs 22%, p
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