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Table 3 Major challenges to obtaining informed consent by doctors

From: Evaluating the quality of informed consent and contemporary clinical practices by medical doctors in South Africa: An empirical study

Challenges Median score P-value
Lack of admin. support e.g. interpreters 4 0.013
Time constraints 2 0.226
Work load 3 0.110
Lack of education 4 0.915
Cultural barriers 5 0.551
Language barriers 2 0.453
Medical paternalism (doctor knows best) 7 0.300
  1. Notes: (a) Challenges were ranked from 1-7, with 1 being most difficult and 7 being least difficult, median scores are reported here. (b) Tests of statistical significance across all clinical disciplines were done using Kruskal-Wallis test for independent samples, significance level is P = 0.05