Level of Patients’ Education and Knowledge About Informed Consent of Cesarean Section in Females Undergoing Planned Cesarean Section
Robina Zahoor, Rabia, Adila Ashraf, Hania Zafar, Shazia Abid
Journal of Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, July-September 2022; 4(3)
The consent-providing individual must not only have the appropriate mental ability but also have all of the required knowledge to give consent correctly. The patient must provide consent to accept or decline any treatment or examination. The study aimed to find the level of patients’ education and knowledge about informed consent of cesarean section in females undergoing planned cesarean section
Material and Methods
This study was cross-sectional and carried out at Unit I, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sir Gangs Ram Hospital, Lahore for a duration of six months after approval of synopsis from January 2022 to June 2022. All the enrolled patients were asked about the informed consent of cesarean section before undergoing cesarean section and their knowledge about informed consent was noted. The Female education about informed consent was obtained as per operational definition by the researcher herself after the procedure. Data analysis was done through SPSS version 21 software.
A total of 100 cases were enrolled in the current study. Level of adequate knowledge about informed consent of cesarean section was recorded in 74 (74%) of the cases whereas adequate knowledge was not recorded in 26 (26%) cases. Level of adequate education about informed consent of cesarean section was recorded in 9 (9%) of the cases whereas adequate education was not recorded in 91 (91%) cases.
Our study concluded that a high number of patients have an adequate level of knowledge about informed consent for cesarean section in females undergoing planned cesarean section while the level of adequate education was very low.
Editor’s note: The Journal of Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College is in Lahore.