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Gaining patients' consent

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.362a (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:362

Description of orthopaedic operations is inaccurate in half of consent forms

  1. I Callanan,
  2. J M Pegum
  1. Orthopaedic registrar Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Meath Hospital, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR,—It is recommended that written consent meeting professional guidelines should be obtained before any operative procedure.1 2 3 Often, this written consent is used as a final preoperative check on the site, side, or nature of the proposed procedure, and thus its accuracy is important.

    We reviewed the accuracy of completion of consent forms in the orthopaedic department of a teaching hospital by examining a random sample of 180 such forms and their associated operative procedures. All inaccuracies, abbreviations, or …

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