Journal article

Improving informed consent for patients undergoing radical prostatectomy using multimedia techniques: a prospective randomized crossover study

Dennis Gyomber, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Peter Wong, Frank Parker, Damien M Bolton

BJU International | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010


OBJECTIVE: to compare the comprehension gained by standard consent (SC) vs a unique interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), for radical prostatectomy (RP), as informed consent for RP requires that the patient understands the procedure and potential complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: forty patients undergoing RP were prospectively randomized to SC or IMP, followed by a 26-question test on critical aspects of the surgery and its implications. The groups were crossed over and re-tested, with a subsequent statistical analysis. SC involved typical verbal interaction and consultation with physicians and nurses, whilst the IMP provided consistent and animated information on these topics, and i..

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