Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness about Consent among Medical Practitioners in a Tertiary Care Hospital – A Questionnaire based Study
Keywords:Knowledge, Assessment, Informed Consent, Medical practitioner,
Introduction: The medicine being a moral profession, the relationship of doctor and patient entails
the highest conceivable degree of trust and fidelity. Good bedside manner, technical competency and
communication skills are the physician’s behaviors most strongly associated with patient trust. The changing
medical practice of the 20th century has given place to patient’s autonomy and informed consent. Consent
is not mere submission of the patient to a particular treatment, but a process of communication requiring
the fulfilment of certain established elements like competence, sufficient disclosure, understanding and
volunteering. However, less attention has been paid to the implications of obtaining informed consent, from
the physicians’ perspective. Considering the above fact, the study was undertaken to assess the knowledge
and awareness about informed consent among medical practitioners in a tertiary care hospital.
Materials and Methods: A prospective, cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study was undertaken in 100
medical practitioners during May 2020 to July 2020.
Results: It was observed that most of the participants were aware and had sufficient knowledge about
informed consent, but the law related to consent and other inner details of informed consent in medical
practice were lacking.
Conclusion: We concluded that medical institutions, various medical associations and medico-legal bodies
must conduct regular medico legal training programmes, continuum medical education programmes,
seminars and workshops and must be made mandatory to participate actively for all medical practitioners to
update their knowledge related to consent in medical practice and law related to medical practice.
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