This study was designed to compare the abilities of hospitalized, medically ill patients with non-ill comparison subjects to engage in an informed consent process.
Eighty-two inpatients under the age of 70 were recruited from patients admitted for evaluation or treatment of ischemic heart disease (N=675).
The comparison subjects (n=82) were matched person-to-person on age, gender race, educational level, and occupation and did not have histories of ischemic heart disease.
The hospitalized subjects did not differ from the non-ill comparison subjects on three instruments developed to assess abilities related to decision-making competence.
Demographic and mental state variables did not correlate with performance, except for verbal cognitive functioning.
There is no reason to believe that hospitalized patients similar to this sample-even if being treated for potentially life-threatening conditions-are at increased risk of inability to engage in a meaningful informed consent process.
Mots-clés Pascal : Cardiopathie coronaire, Hospitalisation, Prise décision, Aptitude, Consentement éclairé, Prise conscience, Cognition, Etat dépressif, Trouble humeur, Ethique, Homme, Appareil circulatoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Coronary heart disease, Hospitalization, Decision making, Ability, Informed consent, Awareness, Cognition, Depression, Mood disorder, Ethics, Human, Cardiovascular disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0227963
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 11/06/1997.