Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery: The patient perspective

Jeffrey S. Wolf, Alexander G Chiu, James N. Palmer, Bert W. O'Malley, Kimberly Schofield, Rodney J. Taylor

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Abstract

Objectives: To understand patient expectations during the informed consent process for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). Study Design: Multi-institutional, cross-sectional survey design. Methods: Anonymous surveys were administered to patients in two tertiary academic centers with a chief complaint relating to "allergy and sinus" problems. Patients completed an eight-item questionnaire that assessed both the nature and the level of risks that they wished to be informed of prior to FESS. Results: Three hundred eighty-nine surveys were returned. Sixty-nine percent of patients wished to be informed of complications that occur as infrequently as 1 in 100 cases, regardless of severity. Ninety percent of patients wanted to know of a risk that occurred as frequently as 1 in 10 cases. Patients also reported whether or not they wished to be told in detail about specific complications during the informed consent process, regardless of their infrequency. Affirmative responses were as follows: 83% for cerebrospinal fluid leak and orbital injury, 81% for infection, 76% for revision surgery, 74% for impairment of smell, 73% for bleeding and myocardial infarction, 72% for cerebrovascular accident, and 58% for scarring. Conclusions: Patients wanted to be informed about severe FESS complications at a higher rate than physicians previously surveyed, even if the incidence is low. This study, combined with our previous examination of the physicians' perspective, highlights that there may be a discrepancy between what the physician and the patient believe are priority topics during the informed consent process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-494
Number of pages3
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume115
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • FESS
  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Informed consent
  • Prudent patient standard
  • Prudent physician standard

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Wolf, J. S., Chiu, A. G., Palmer, J. N., O'Malley, B. W., Schofield, K., & Taylor, R. J. (2005). Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery: The patient perspective. Laryngoscope, 115(3), 492-494. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.mlg.0000157835.69121.f8

Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery : The patient perspective. / Wolf, Jeffrey S.; Chiu, Alexander G; Palmer, James N.; O'Malley, Bert W.; Schofield, Kimberly; Taylor, Rodney J.

In: Laryngoscope, Vol. 115, No. 3, 03.2005, p. 492-494.

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Wolf, JS, Chiu, AG, Palmer, JN, O'Malley, BW, Schofield, K & Taylor, RJ 2005, 'Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery: The patient perspective', Laryngoscope, vol. 115, no. 3, pp. 492-494. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.mlg.0000157835.69121.f8
Wolf, Jeffrey S. ; Chiu, Alexander G ; Palmer, James N. ; O'Malley, Bert W. ; Schofield, Kimberly ; Taylor, Rodney J. / Informed consent in endoscopic sinus surgery : The patient perspective. In: Laryngoscope. 2005 ; Vol. 115, No. 3. pp. 492-494.
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