Table 5

What should be explained to the patient during the process of consent?

Percentage of participants who agree (n)

Percentage of participants who disagree (n)

No

Question

Surgery

Anaesthesia

Surgery

Anaesthesia


1

What the procedure entails

92 (54)

83 (74)

2 (1)

4 (4)

2

What the procedure aims to achieve

97 (57)

75 (67)

0 (0)

10 (9)

3

Additional procedures that are likely to be necessary

95 (56)

79 (70)

0 (0)

8 (7)

4

A realistic outcome/results for the procedure

95 (56)

83 (74)

0 (0)

4 (4)

5

Alternative forms of treatment

75 (44)

85 (76)

10 (6)

3 (3)

6

The possibility of death (if present)

83 (49)

65 (58)

5 (3)

16 (14)

7

The possibility of significant disability (eg: stroke/paralysis)

86 (51)

70 (62)

7 (4)

16 (14)


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

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