Table 4

Are there aspects of the consent process that are inappropriate or unnecessary?

Percentage of participants who agreed (n)

Percentage of participants who disagreed (n)

No

Question

Surgery

Anaesthesia

Surgery

Anaesthesia


1

Most patients trust their doctor to decide what is best for them

22 (13)

18 (16)

68 (40)

60 (53)

2

Most patients depend on their doctor to make the decision for them

19 (11)

19 (17)

61 (36)

52 (46)

3

Disclosing information about potentially harmful risks may be worrying and disadvantageous for the patient

22 (13)

22 (20)

66 (39)

55 (49)

4

Informing patients about details of alternative treatment modalities may be confusing

20 (12)

38 (34)

66 (39)

42 (37)

5

Discussion of risks during informed consent may dissuade the patient from undergoing a procedure that may benefit them

17 (10)

30 (27)

64 (38)

45 (40)

6

Most patients do not usually understand all the information given to them during the process of consent

36 (21)

37 (33)

46 (27)

38 (34)

7

Most patients do not usually remember all the information given to them during the process of consent

56 (33)

55 (49)

27 (16)

26 (23)


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

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