Bernat and Peterson1 believe that informed consent is best viewed as a “process of patient-centered decision making.” They point out that “the signed consent form simply represents evidence of the patient's consent.” The form, however, can play a larger, more useful role. If it is thoughtfully prepared and properly introduced, it may make communicating the goals and the details of a planned surgical procedure more effective.
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