Psychiatrists and informed consent

A recent survey suggests that many psychiatry residents skip this step:

Rutherford and colleagues investigated the informed consent practices of 108 psychiatry residents by assessing their responses to clinical vignettes describing three hypothetical patients with major depression, borderline personality, or neurotic character traits.

Only 8 of 324 completed vignette responses (3 percent) met the criteria for adequate informed consent, the authors report, and only 3 of 324 met criteria for optimal informed consent.

✓ Join 150,000+ subscribers
✓ Get KevinMD's most popular stories