Surgery is an intimidating process for patients, but the consent process shouldn't be. In our national sample of 104 surgical informed consent documents, 92% had a reading level higher than the NIH-recommended 6th-7th grade (median 11th grade). Yet these documents contain multiple disclosures important to patients.
We found over 25 different disclosures in the surgical consent documents we analyzed. Not every hospital is the same, but most surgical logistics are similar across every hospital. See how your hospital's surgical informed consent document stacks up by submitting a PDF to us for analysis. This is a confidential process
Our flagship study is under review for publication. Portions of our findings were presented in October and November of 2022 at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities 24th Annual Conference and at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics 2022 Annual Fellows Conference. More research is also underway. Please join our mailing list to be alerted on future publications.