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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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CASTILLO PEREZ, Verónica; HERNANDEZ CAMPO, Pedro Ricardo; CORREA TORREZ, Maribel  y  QUINTANA, Esther. Knowledge of informed consent in surgical services. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.1, pp.26-35. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: current knowledge of informed consent constitutes an essential element of doctor-patient relationship. Objective: to identify knowledge of informed consent in the members of surgical services and in patients who underwent surgeries during the period of investigation. Method: a study was conducted in the surgical services at Dr. Leon Cuervo Rubio University General Hospital, Pinar del Rio from January to March 2012; surgery, anesthesiology personnel and patients operated on during the period were polled. The target group involved 73 doctors and 253 patients, with a sample of 45 doctors and the same number of nursing personnel along with 220 patients. Results: incomplete knowledge of patients regarding informed consent was observed, the majority of surgeons and nurses had no knowledge of informed consent, and its application was not correct, though they had taken training courses on the topic. Conclusions: the recognition of patient´s autonomy and the process allowed a change in doctor-patient relationship concerning surgical practice. Together with the deepening on bioethical principles and their application, plus the search of useful responses towards the bioethical problems is necessary in this service, since doctor-patient relationship and the safety offered to the patients are important to support the surgical procedure.

Palabras clave : Informed consent; Personal autonomy; Medical ethics.

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