Clin Colon Rectal Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1761158
Review Article

Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making in the Perioperative Environment

Elizabeth D. Krebs
1   Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville Tennessee
Sook C. Hoang
2   Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Informed consent and shared decision making (SDM) are crucial portions of preoperative patient management. Informed consent is a standard for surgery from both a legal and ethical standpoint, involving disclosure of potential risks of a procedure and ensuring patient understanding of these risks. SDM is a process in which a clinician and patients decide between two or more treatment plans, taking into account the patient's goals and values. SDM is a particularly important aspect of patient-centered care when two or more treatment options exist or in situations where an indicated treatment may not align with the patient's long-term goals. This article details aspects of and issues surrounding informed consent and SDM.

Publication History

Article published online:
28 January 2023

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