Bringing informed consent back to patients

Bringing informed consent back to patients

Author: BMJ (Barry Main)

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In this blog the authors argue that informed consent commonly focuses on “surgeon important” information, such as immediate surgical complications and technical processes, but leaves patients ill-prepared and even unaware of the likely success or longer term outcomes of treatment.

Early findings from research in progress at the University of Bristol have identified key topics, such as patient-centred, quality of life information to be important pre-operatively; as well as information about, for example, survival after cancer treatment. The blog urges health professionals to ‘take back’ informed consent, and envisages a future where patients become prepared, competent, and engaged participants.

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