Informed consent : are we doing enough ?
We report our findings in a prospective, randomised study of patient recall of verbal versus written preoperative warnings.
There were 132 patients in the verbal group and 137 in the written group, with a similar age and sex distribution in both groups.
Four of the seven preoperative warnings were remembered significantly better by the group receiving the written warnings (P<0.001 - 0.05).
However, the mean number of warnings recalled was fewer than 3 in the verbal group, and fewer than 4 (P=0.0057) in the written group (Mann-Whitney U-test).
Patients given verbal warnings were less able to recall them than those receiving written warnings.
The inference is that they entered into surgery less well informed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Chirurgie plastique, Complication, Consentement éclairé, Malade, Préopératoire, Enquête, Traitement, Législation, Homme, Chirurgie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Plastic surgery, Complication, Informed consent, Patient, Preoperative, Survey, Treatment, Legislation, Human, Surgery
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0084547
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 14/05/1998.