Developing Communication in Informed Consent (Clinical Feature) (Report)
Journal of Perioperative Practice 2010, March, 20, 3
Journal of Perioperative Practice
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Introduction Communication has become a significant feature of consent (Wicker & O'Neill 2005). Recommendations in informed consent have advised practitioners to improve communication with patients (Coulter 2002, DH 2000) in order to help reduce complaints and litigation claims (Chief Medical Officer 2003) and to increase patient autonomy (DH 2000). The ever-increasing availability of NHS guidelines and publications has encouraged patients to obtain additional information regarding their health and decision-making (DH 2000). Yet only a few patients will understand, remember and use the information they receive correctly (Ley 1988). Communication skills are not innate; some see them developing through experience (Wicker & O'Neill 2006) while others argue that they may not necessarily improve with practice and need to be taught (Moore et al 2004). Developing communication skills in informed consent ensures that patients receive relevant information in a way that they are able to understand, which will ultimately help them to make an informed choice regarding consent for surgery.
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- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: 01 March 2010
- Publisher: Association for Perioperative Practice
- Print Length: 15 Pages
- Language: English