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Research Letter
May 20, 2020

Association of Electronic Surgical Consent Forms With Entry Error Rates

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 3Department of Perioperative Services, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 4Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
JAMA Surg. Published online May 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1014

Obtaining informed consent is a vital aspect of surgical care. The consent form is a medicolegal document that conveys important information to the patient, clinicians, schedulers, nursing and operating room (OR) staff, and in some cases the court of law.1 Handwritten, paper-based forms can have error rates as high as 50%, which can affect patient experience, patient understanding, and clinic and operating room efficiency and can result in litigation.2-4

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