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May 1, 2005

Appropriate Timing for Informed-Consent Discussions

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(5):707. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.5.707-a

Kiss et al are to be congratulated on their study, “Informed Consent and Decision Making by Cataract Patients.”1 They found that conducting the procedure the day before cataract surgery is not effective in influencing the decisions of patients. The study showed that by the day before surgery, many patients had done little to inform themselves about the risks of surgery. “At this point most of the patients stated . . . they had come to have their cataract removed and were not willing to refrain from the procedure just because of possible complications.”

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