BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1380
  1. Beverley Webb

    The zero option

    The patient who changed my practice was a woman in her mid-70s. I was a senior registrar and I met her during a preoperative ward round. She was due to have a vaginal hysterectomy and repair the next day. Following my chief's practice I was interviewing patients in a small side room off the main ward.

    I can remember explaining to her that the meeting was intended to give her an opportunity to ask any questions that she might have about the operation. It also gave me the chance to make sure that she understood what we were going to do and to get her informed consent to the procedure. She …

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