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Informed Consent for Cardiac Procedures: Deficiencies in Patient Comprehension With Current Methods
Patients undergoing catheterization and possible PCI have a poor understanding of the procedures and the attendant benefits/risks. This study investigated the use of a standard consent process compared to a web-based audio-visual presentation. Both processes resulted in similar improvements in patient comprehension, but the web-based process resulted in better comprehension of therapeutic alternatives. Considerable misunderstandings persisted after both approaches.