A cross sectional study of the patient's awareness and understanding toward legal nature of informed consent in a dental hospital in rural Haryana

Singh, Abhishek and Bhardwaj, Anu and Jindal, Rajnish and Mithra, Prasanna P and Siddique, Adiba and *, Rajesh (2012) A cross sectional study of the patient's awareness and understanding toward legal nature of informed consent in a dental hospital in rural Haryana. Journal of Education and Ethics in Dentistry, 2 (1). pp. 25-27.

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Abstract

Aims: The objective of this study is to define the patient's awareness of legal issues, attitude toward consent process. An additional objective of this study is to find out whether or not the patients actually understand what has been explained to them. Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional study was carried out during January 2011 to July 2011 at a tertiary care dental hospital. In this study, a structured interview schedule was developed and handed out to 582 patients in the various outpatient departments of the hospital. SPSS version 11.5 was used for analysis. Results: Of the 582 patients approached, 58 patients refused to participate and interviewed 524 patients. Most (88.0%) of the patients under study thought that they had no right to change their minds after signing the consent. A total of 75% patients falsely believed that it was a legal requirement. Overall the level of understanding was poor in 17%, unsatisfactory in 33%, satisfactory in 32%, and good in 18% of the patients. The level of understanding was significantly associated with educational level (P < 0.01). Conclusion: There exists a vast discrepancy between the informed consents perceived by patients. Limited knowledge of the legal implications of signing or not signing consent form indicates that consent process should be reassessed in order to achieve patient autonomy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Informed consent, legal aspects, patient, rural
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2014 07:02
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2014 07:02
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139054

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