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The quality of informed consent in Croatia—a cross-sectional study and instrument development

Patient Education and Counseling, March 2016, Vol.99(3), pp.436-442 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The quality of informed consent in Croatia—a cross-sectional study and instrument development
  • Author: Vučemilo, Luka ; Milošević, Milan ; Dodig, Doris ; Grabušić, Bruno ; Đapić, Biljana ; Borovečki, Ana
  • Found In: Patient Education and Counseling, March 2016, Vol.99(3), pp.436-442 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Informed Consent ; Quality ; Clinical Practice ; Hospital ; Instrument ; Croatia ; Countries in Transition ; Medicine ; Public Health
  • Language: English
  • Description: To examine the informed consent process implementation and quality in Croatia using a specially developed instrument. A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted in 300 patients (response rate 73%) from six hospitals in Croatia, along with psychometric evaluation of the questionnaire. Signing the informed consent form was a formality for 64% of patients, 54% of patients did not give their written consent, and in 39% of cases physicians made treatment decisions by themselves. The overall informed consent process score was 4.06 ± 0.60 (of 5.00). Physician–patient relationship score was 4.61 ± 0.57, Verbal information 3.99 ± 0.98, Decision making 3.94 ± 0.75, and Written information 3.60 ± 1.42. The overall Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was 0.890. Significant...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0738-3991 ; E-ISSN: 1873-5134 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.033

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