Physician training can improve informed consent process

07/31/2009 | NYTimes.com

Physicians need to assess how they talk to patients about medical procedures in the process of obtaining informed consent, writes Dr. Pauline Chen in her New York Times blog. She says a study of pediatric cancer patients and their parents found physicians who had participated in a day-long training session were better at getting patients and parents to ask questions and clarifying comments about medical procedures. Parents who talked with trained physicians also were more likely to have a better understanding of the consent form itself.

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