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How informed is consent? understanding of pictorial and verbal probability information by medical inpatients

Fuller, Richard, Dudley, Nigel and Blacktop, Jon (2002) How informed is consent? understanding of pictorial and verbal probability information by medical inpatients. Postgraduate medical journal, 78. pp. 543-544. ISSN 0032-5473

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    Abstract

    Understanding probability information about treatment risks and benefits is a vital component of patients’ decision making capacity. This study demonstrates extensive misunderstanding of verbal descriptions of probability by medical inpatients of all ages, questioning the extent of their capacity for giving informed consent. Pictorial descriptions of probability were well understood, suggesting their adoption into clinical practice.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 09:50
    Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 13:27
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1793

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