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August 13, 2003

Universal Consent for Invasive Procedures in the Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(6):751. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.751-a

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.