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Cardiologist Blasts Patient Informed Consent Process

By Cheryl Clark
March 12, 2015
HealthLeaders Media


With no requirement that hospitals and clinicians be candid with patients about risks and costs, informed consent is “a complete sham,” says Harlan Krumholz, MD, speaking at the Lown Institute conference this week.

The healthcare system only gives “lip service” to the informed consent routine, says cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM. “What if patient-centered informed consent actually meant something?” he asked clinicians and patient advocates attending a Lown Instituteconference in San Diego this week.

“There’s a structural moment in time when people sign something that says yes, [the doctor] can proceed [with the treatment]… But it’s a complete sham. It’s a complete sham.”Krumholz, director of the Center for Outcome Research and Evaluation at Yale University School of Medicine, wants to know what would happen if the consent process included a period of time when a patient could consider all of the risks and benefits of a treatment whether they would be appropriate, and whether there were alternatives with lower risks but similar outcomes.

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