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Ege Journal of Medicine
2007, Cilt 46, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 123-127
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Can first-year residents obtain informed consent?
Makay Ö1, Samancılar Ö2, Terek C. M3, Apaydın A4, Palamar M5, Dökümcü Z 6, Şimşir A7, İçöz G1, Kaplan H1
1 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Genel Cerrahi AD
2 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi AD
3 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum AD
4 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi AD
5 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Göz Hastalıkları AD
6 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Çocuk Cerrahisi AD
7 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Üroloji AD
Keywords: Informed consent, medical ethics, surgery, resident training

Introduction : Informed consent has been of utmost importance since the change in the Turkish Criminal Law. The purpose of this study was to determine whether first year surgical residents have sufficient knowledge in obtaining informed consent.

Materials Methods : A total of 25 first-year residents attending the surgical clinics of Ege University Hospital were included in the study. Each resident was asked to list the risks, benefits and alternative approaches of procedures that were carried out most frequently. Besides, residents were evaluated according their answers to questions that patients may pose about the procedure.

Results: No resident was able to list correctly the risks, benefits and alternatives of each procedure. Only 24% of residents had sufficient knowledge to explain the risks, benefits and alternatives of surgical procedures. Nevertheless, 58% of residents were able to correctly answer questions that patients may ask about the procedures.

Conclusion: With respect to the developments in patient rights and establishments in the criminal law, it is essential that clinics should provide more time to educate residents for a better knowledge for informing the patient and to make informed consent competent.


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