Informed consent varies by procedure

December 31, 2012

Less than 50 percent of dermatologists pursue written informed consent, and procedure type appears to heavily influence the practice, say researchers from Emory University.

According to results of the pilot study, the more invasive and/or cosmetic a procedure is, the more stringent the method doctors use to pursue informed consent.

Researchers noted it was rare for doctors not to pursue informed consent at all, but it was more common for those who were in practice less than five years; surgeons; doctors in solo practice; and those performing destruction procedures.

Surprisingly, the authors also found that responders were not interested in the creation of published guidelines for informed consent, which may be due to increasing regulatory burdens with which the doctors must cope.

The study was published online in the Journal of Clinical Dermatology Research