Do you understand what I’m saying?

Study finds age, education are key for understanding surgical consent forms

Signing a surgical consent form is a common and required part of the healthcare process. Before undergoing almost any medical procedure, patients must read and sign a form stating that they understand the treatment and agree to have it performed.

A study presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting, however, found that few patients really understand the consent form, even when a physician, physician’s assistant, or other healthcare provider discusses the form with them in advance. This lack of comprehension should be a matter of great concern to patients and physicians who want to ensure good communication regarding medical treatment.

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