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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

CABRALES-VEGA, Rodolfo A et al. Informed consent is for whom?. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.3, pp.502-511. ISSN 0124-0064.

ObjectiveEvaluating the degree of knowledge about informed consent in patients agreeing to elective general surgery (by signing the aforementioned informed consent form) in the operating rooms of the San Jorge teaching hospital in Pereira. MethodsTwo measurement instruments were used with 59 patients prior to their undergoing surgery in the operating theatres of the San Jorge teaching hospital in Pereira, after having signing an informed consent form. ResultsTest application to the study population revealed a high rate of reproducibility and predictive validity. One in every two patients (50%) had deficient or insufficient information in terms of their knowledge about the informed consent form (no evidence was found of association with the sociodemographic variables being studied). ConclusionsMechanisms must be established for effective communication with patients so that the simple mechanical act of obtaining a signature on an informed consent becomes more meaningful.

Keywords : Informed consent; personal autonomy; bioethics; benefit.

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