Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Ms Davis and colleagues1 studied the effects of providing a "universal consent
form." Patients or their proxies were asked to provide anticipatory consent
at the time of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) for 8 different
procedures that they might later undergo. The authors claimed that this intervention
increased the rate of informed consent relative to a baseline period.
Milmore D. Universal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care Unit. JAMA. 2003;290(6):751. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.751-a