An Evaluation of the Comprehensibility Levels of Ophthalmology Surgical Consent Forms

An Evaluation of the Comprehensibility Levels of Ophthalmology Surgical Consent Forms
Ibrahim Ethem Ay, Mustafa Doğan
Cureus, 26 July 2021; 13(7)
Abstract
Background/Aim
This study aimed to evaluate the comprehensibility of the consent forms used for interventional procedures in the ophthalmology clinic of a university hospital and to determine which texts could be read according to patient age and education level.
Materials and methods
Forty separate consent forms used as the standard for various interventional procedures in the ophthalmology department of a university hospital were evaluated. The comprehensibility formulas used were developed for the Turkish language by Ateşman and Bezirci-Yilmaz.
Results
As a result of the evaluation of the consent forms in this study, a mean of 55.6±5.73 points was obtained according to the Ateşman comprehensibility index, and this value was found to correspond to being understood by eleventh and twelfth-grade school students. According to the Bezirci-Yilmaz comprehensibility index, the mean points of the consent forms were 10.05±2, which corresponded to a level that could be understood by 10th and 11th-grade students.
Conclusion
The comprehensibility level of the consent forms given to patients was found to be low in this study, which was similar to the findings of previous studies in the literature. When preparing informed consent forms, the education level of the country must be taken into consideration.

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