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Table 2 Daily practice on surgical informed consent

From: A survey of the current practice of the informed consent process in general surgery in the Netherlands

Q-Nr Question Answer Total (n=453) Surgeons (n=296) Residents (n=157) p-value
5 For which type of surgical procedure a SIC is required? All (Y/N %) 49/51% 46/54% 54/46% 0.19
Elective (Y/N %) 28/72% 29/71% 27/73%
Depending on the surgeon (Y/N %) 23/77% 25/75% 19/81%
7 Is there a check on patient competence? Own clinical judgement (Y/N %) 98/2% 97/3% 100/0% 0.17
Questionnaire (Y/N %) 1/99% 1/99% 0/100%
No control (Y/N %) 1/99% 2/98% 0/100%
8 Is there an institutional standard on which information is provided? Yes 61/% 62% 58% 0.44
No 39% 38% 42%
10 Do you inform a patient on: The diagnosis and operation indication (Y/N %) 99/1% 99/1% 99/1% 0.61
The surgical procedure (Y/N %) 97/3% 97/3% 96/3% 0.32
Complications (Y/N %) 99/1% 99/1% 98/2% 0.70
Alternative treatment options (Y/N %) 86/14% 89/11% 80/20% 0.017
11 How do you check if the patient understood the information? Repeat Back (Y/N %) 14/86% 15/85% 13/87% 0.67
12 Is there an institutional standard on complication rates to be used? Yes 52% 58% 40% <0.001
No 48% 42% 59%
13 Which complication percentage do you use to inform your patient? Rates from literature (Y/N %) 67/33% 73/27% 56/44% <0.001
Rates from own department (Y/N %) 29/71% 35/65% 17/83% <0.001
Personal rates (Y/N %) 16/84% 23/77% 3/97% <0.001
17 Is there a check prior to the surgical procedure whether the SIC process is correctly completed? Yes 46%* 48%* 44%* 0.39*
   No 54%* 52%* 56%*  
  1. Q-NR = Question number as reported in Additional file 2.
  2. Y/N% = Percentage of persons in this category who answers positive / negative.
  3. SIC = Surgical informed consent.
  4. * Surgeons n=295, Residents n=156.