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Informed Consent for Cardiac Procedures: Deficiencies in Patient Comprehension With Current Methods

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Shubha Dathatri, Luis Gruberg, Jatin Anand, Jamie Romeiser, Shephali Sharma, Eileen Finnin, A. Laurie W. Shroyer, Todd K. Rosengart

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.

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