Explaining residents’ role in surgery may keep patients from consenting

Informing patients about the roles that residents will play in their surgical procedure reduces their willingness to consent and could adversely affect surgical training.

Ninety-five percent of patients want to be informed about residents’ participation in a major surgical procedure. But the more patients know about the extent of that participation, the less likely they are to consent to it, according to a Sept. 19 Archives of Surgery study.

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