Table 3

What are the main purposes of the consent process?

Percentage of participants who agreed (n)

Percentage of participants who disagreed (n)

No

Question

Surgery

Anaesthesia

Surgery

Anaesthesia


1

Inform the patient about risks and complications

97 (57)

85 (76)

0 (0)

6 (5)

2

Respect patient's right to autonomy

85 (50)

75 (67)

2 (1)

10 (9)

3

Educate the patient about alternative treatment options

80 (47)

65 (58)

8 (5)

11 (10)

4

Provide he doctor with greater protection from medical litigation

63 (37)

62 (55)

22 (13)

19 (17)

5

Inform the patient about the desired benefits of the procedure

95 (56)

70 (62)

2 (1)

16 (14)

6

Improve doctor-patient relationships

51 (30)

60 (53)

22 (13)

12 (11)

7

Improve patient compliance to their medical care

32 (19)

40 (36)

27 (16)

30 (27)

8

Reduce patient anxiety about the procedure

49 (29)

57 (51)

24 (14)

13(12)


Jamjoom et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2010 11:2   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-11-2

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