Informed consent is an integral part of a physician's practice. But for years, I, like most physicians, bumbled through the process, learning by trial and error. I'd like to believe that over time I've gotten better at obtaining consent, but occasionally I'll recall awkward experiences and cringe at the memory.
This week, a study published in the current issue of Academic Medicine made me reflect again on the process of informed consent. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that after a single day-long training session, doctors were better at eliciting questions and clarifying comments than doctors who had not been trained.
In this week's "Doctor and Patient" column, I write about the process of informed consent and how it can strengthen the patient-doctor relationship. How has informed consent affected your relationship with doctors or patients? Can we or should we approach the process differently? Please leave your comments below or on Tara Parker-Pope's "Well" blog.