Informed Consent Practices in Global Surgery among Plastic Surgery Organizations

Informed Consent Practices in Global Surgery among Plastic Surgery Organizations
Special Topic
Kishan Thadikonda, Rosaline Zhang, Jonathan Bruhn, Phuong D. Nguyen, Samuel O. Poore
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 8 August 2022
Abstract
Background
Global surgery organizations often serve vulnerable and complex patient populations, but there is limited knowledge on the protocols used to obtain informed consent for procedures and content sharing.
Methods
The Plastic Surgery Foundation Volunteers in Plastic Surgery (VIPS) database was queried for organizations actively involved in global surgery. Seventy-nine organizations received email invitations to participate in a survey study regarding their protocols for obtaining consent for procedures and sharing multimedia content.
Results
A total of 17 (22% yield) organizations completed the survey. All were active for at least 10 years and 88% (15/17) organized at least two mission trips annually. Eighty-eight percent (15/17) reported obtaining written consent for surgical procedures. Less than half (46%, 8/17) of used a written consent form that was created jointly with the local hospital. For sharing content related to global surgery experiences, 75% (12/16) obtained some form of written consent while 6% (1/16) did not routinely obtain any consent. Organizations shared content most commonly through their websites and Facebook. All organizations reported using interpreters to obtain informed consent at least some of the time. 62% (10/16) reported that they relied primarily on volunteers or community members to provide informal interpretation assistance, rather than formally trained professional interpreters.
Conclusion
Practices related to obtaining informed consent vary widely among global surgery organizations. The development of standardized protocols and guidelines will ensure that global health organizations, in collaboration with their local partners, properly obtain informed consent for procedures and sharing publicly viewable content.

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