How Has ‘Montgomery’ Changed the Way We Document Risks on Consent Forms for Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation? A Single-Centre Audit and Re-Audit

How Has ‘Montgomery’ Changed the Way We Document Risks on Consent Forms for Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation? A Single-Centre Audit and Re-Audit
A M Hussein, C J Callaghan
British Journal of Surgery, 4 May 2021; 108(Supplement 2)
Abstract
Introduction
The 2015 Montgomery case changed the remit of risk discussions required during the consent process. This audit reviewed single kidney transplant (SKT) consent forms to establish which risks are documented, and whether this legal case affected discussions. Following the audit, we introduced a pre-printed consent form and closed the audit loop by assessing its uptake.
Method
Trust paper consent forms for all patients aged 50+ who received a deceased donor SKT in our centre in 2014 (n = 58; pre-Montgomery) and 2017 (n = 70; post-Montgomery) were reviewed to see if 20 perceived ‘gold standard’ risks were documented. A pre-printed procedure-specific consent form including all gold standard risks was then introduced in July 2019. A re-audit reviewed the case-notes of every alternate recipient aged 50+ of a deceased donor SKT from 01/08/19 to 29/02/20 to check if the pre-printed form was used.
Results
Overall, 53% of the 20 ‘gold standard’ risks were documented in 2014 versus 59% in 2017 (p = 0.55). There was a 91% uptake of the pre-printed consent form.
Discussion
This audit established the importance of using a pre-printed consent form to standardise risk discussions We propose that pre-printed procedure-specific forms should be encouraged throughout the NHS to support ‘Montgomery-appropriate’ consent discussions.

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