ERIC Number: ED210289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Informed Consent: Reality or Illusion?
Janik, Carol J.; And Others
The goal of this study was to produce an improved medical consent form. This form was designed to record the informed consent discussion between doctor and patient which should include an explanation of what procedure will be performed, by whom, why, the risks, and the alternatives. Patients, doctors, and hospitals may all benefit from the use of consent forms. Three considerations in devising a consent to surgery form included the best way to improve readability for patients, specificity of information, and improvement of design to make it more frequently utilized. The revised form was evaluated by lawyers, nurses, doctors, and subjects from the general public. The author believes ideal documents cannot be produced until all patients are willing to be fully informed and all doctors are willing to inform them. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Informed Consent; Medical Record; Patients Rights