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Exploring the Adequacy of Obtaining Informed Consent for Caesarean Deliveries - A Patient Perspective

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posted on 2023-11-06, 02:39 authored by P Theletsane, T Cronje, BG Lindeque, S Adam
Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the adequacy of informed consent obtained from patients prior to caesarean delivery. Design: Descriptive study Setting: Tertiary level hospitals in a major South African center in Pretoria, South Africa Subjects: Two-hundred-and-fi fty patients who underwent elective and emergency caesarean deliveries Outcome measures: The assessment of the adequacy of the informed consent was assessed via a questionnaire that the participants answered on day 2-3 post caesarean delivery. Results: Average age of participants was 28.8 years (28.75 ± 5.92). Twenty three percent (23.2%) of the participants underwent elective and 76.8% underwent emergency caesarean deliveries. Seventy fi ve percent (75.6%) of the participants knew the name of the procedure, although only 29.2% were aware of the associated risks, and 59.2% of participants knew of their right to refuse the procedure. Conclusion: Adequate communication is essential to all aspects of medicine and this study has highlighted the inadequacy of the informed consent process that takes place at our institution. Information regarding risks and complications was not adequately communicated. A standardized informed consent document that healthcare professionals can use for counseling, starting antenatally, should be considered.

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Journal

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum

Volume

31

Pagination

6-9

Location

Parktown North, South Africa

ISSN

1029-1962

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Glenbar

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