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Correspondence and Brief Communications
July 1, 2006

Patient-Physician Communication Using Consent Forms

Arch Surg. 2006;141(7):715. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.7.715-a

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.