Pictorial Consent in Cardiac Surgery: A far better option rather than Standard Informed Written Consent

Pictorial Consent in Cardiac Surgery: A far better option rather than Standard Informed Written Consent
Debmalya Saha, Pawan Singh, Soumyaranjan Das, Ravi Kumar Gupta, Satyajit Samal, Muhammad Abid Geelani
International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, September 2020; 10(9)
Open Access
Abstract
Because of the complexity of the procedures, high level of clarification for the patients as well as their attendants while taking consent is a must as cardiac surgery is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Pictorial consent with preoperative education is a far better option in this regard. We randomly took a total of 150 patients within the age group of 18 to 70 years, and they were explained with standard consent followed by pictorial consent and vice versa by the same informant. And they were given a preset questionnaire format after both consents. Later, based on their answers, comparison in relation to the level of clarity was done. Questionnaire was formatted after rigorous modification from the reviews of literature.

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