Can a self-reflection tool for clinicians improve informed consent conversations between clinicians and patients?
Before consenting to treatment, patients need to understand their treatment options and the impact of the potentially life-changing decisions they are about to make.
Clinicians should discuss the diagnosis, the options available to them and clearly explain the risks, benefits and likely outcome of treatment in a way that meets the patient’s needs, goals and levels of comprehension.
While ‘fully informed consent’ is optimal, there is evidence to suggest that it is sometimes sub-optimal (i.e., not all processes are followed) or, in serious cases, not obtained at all. Failure to obtain consent can lead to decisional regret and negative impacts on the patient’s quality of life, health outcomes and experiences of the health system.
The aim of this trial (halted due to COVID-19) was to explore the feasibility, acceptability and effect of a behavioural self-reflection tool to improve consent conversations.