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J R Soc Med. 1998 October; 91(10): 528–530.
PMCID: PMC1296911

Consent obtained by the junior house officer--is it informed?

Abstract

Of 30 junior house officers questioned, 21 had obtained patients' consent for colonoscopy. Of these 21, about one-third did not routinely discuss with patients the risks of perforation and haemorrhage. Ideally, consent should be obtained by a person capable of performing the procedure. If it is to be obtained by junior house officers, they need to know exactly what must be disclosed about each procedure. This could easily be done as part of the induction package.

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